Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

ODD is a childhood disorder that is defined by a pattern of aggressive, defiant behavior directed at individuals or other authority figures. ODD is also characterized by displays of anger and mood irritability, as well as argumentative and angry behaviors. While all children will display some type of defiant behavior throughout their growing years, children suffering from ODD will display such behaviors much more commonly than that of any other type of behavior. For these kids, it can seem like nothing can be done to make them happy. These children will not only do things to purposely cause conflict or to purposely provoke the people around them, but they will oftentimes place the blame on others.

ODD most commonly affects children and adolescents. Symptoms of ODD include:

  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Physical aggressions
  • Refusal to comply with adult requests
  • Always questioning or actively disregarding rules
  • Verbal abuse
  • Explosions of anger
  • Blaming others for their own mistakes or misbehaviors
  • Vindictive behavior
  • Argumentative behavior
  • Defiance of authority, rules, laws

There is some overlap in symptoms in ODD between children and adults. Adults with ODD also struggle with authority. They may feel a general sense of anger toward the world as well.

Symptoms in adults with ODD include:

  • Feeling angry at the world
  • Feeling misunderstood or disliked
  • Strong dislike for authority, including supervisors at work
  • Identifying as a rebel
  • Defending themselves vehemently and not being open to feedback
  • Blaming others for their own mistakes

The disorder is often difficult to diagnose in adults because many of the symptoms overlap with antisocial behaviors, substance abuse, and other disorders.

We recognize there is no single treatment for children or adolescents with ODD.  CARE believes that the most effective treatment plan must be individualized to the needs of each person. Through the collaborative work of ABA and CBT, we are able to assist individuals to manage his/her behavior and utilize coping strategies.