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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is characterized by a history of defiance and disobedience lasting at least six months. Since it is normal for preschoolers and adolescents to question authority, it is important to consider the severity and frequency of the defiant behavior. With Oppositional Defiant Disorder, the number of symptoms increases with age. Before puberty, there is a higher incidence among males, but the rate of incidence among females and males equalizes after puberty.

Diagnostic Criteria

Differential Diagnosis

What distinguishes oppositional defiant disorder from conduct disorder? Those with oppositional defiant disorder are generally milder in symptoms than those with conduct disorder. This would not include harming people or animals or stealing.

A distinction is made between ODD and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder where inattention is the distinguishing symptom.

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