Wednesday, September 15, 2010


In this post I mentioned that one of the diagnoses with my 7 year old was ODD.  What is ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) and what does it entail?  I have had this question asked on more than one occassion so I figured it was worth a post of its own.

While again, I am no expert, here is what I do know about it.  It is when a child is routinely uncooperative and defiant towards authority figures.  Yes, you're probably thinking almost all children act in this manner at some point in time. This is different in that it is ongoing and is severe enough that it interferes with the child's normal social, family and school life.

Some of the symptoms exhibited include:
  • frequent temper-tantrums
  • excessive arguing
  • deliberately attempts to annoy others
  • blames others for mistakes
  • frequent anger
  • mean and hateful/hurtful talking when upset
  • easily annoyed by others
Also, 40% of ADHD children also are diagnosed with ODD.  They seem to go hand in hand in many cases.  It is very rare for a child to be diagnosed with only one form of a psychological/learning disability.  

I am open to questions.  Please continue to ask them.  I will answer all of what I know.  And if I don't know, I'm sure I'll be asking that same question in his next therapy session (I'm sure I would have thought of it eventually) in order to figure out an answer.   :-).  


Anonymous said...

By the way, I hope I'm not bugging you. I seriously think this may be what my son has too. After about 3 years of being so aggravated. The symptoms describe him to a T!!

The Household 6 Diva said...

(hugs) What a challenge it must be to handle all the questions about your son and in your own heart while your hubby is away. You are doing a great job Mom! ((hugs))

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