Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Its Symptoms, Causes, and Therapy

Its normal for children and teenagers to have times when they are being difficult or challenging. The oppositional defiant disorder is characterized by persistent patterns of irritability, anger, defiance or arguing. So how can you differentiate between your child just having a passing phase and them having an oppositional defiant disorder? ODD can impact anywhere between toddlerhood to teenagers but is observed to develop before teen years. A child may often lose their temper, actively defy rules and requests and intentionally annoy others.



  • Children easily lose their temper and resentful towards others. They are irritable and get easily bothered by little occurrences in their daily life.


  • Children make small issues highly argumentative and also possess revengeful behavior towards

Not abiding with rules:


They make themselves first priority and always took a step ahead to argue with parents.  They defy and refuse to comply with requests or rules.


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There’s no clear known cause for the oppositional defiant disorder. Contributing factor include genetics and environmental factors like neglect or abuse. Children at risk are those with a temperament or are in the middle of family issues like feuds.


Its treatment involves family-based interventions for both the child and parent.


Parent training involves depression therapy and parenting skills that are less frustrating. Using positive parenting means will ease the interactions between the two parties.

Parent-child therapy interactions. A therapist coaches the parent and child as they interact with each other. They guide the parent on how to deal and reinforce positive behavior in their child. It acts as a mood disorder type of therapy by helping the parent know how to deal with the child’s anger and defiance.

Individual therapy. The therapist works directly with the child to help them manage their anger and have healthier ways to ex [press anger. This helps in the treatment of mood disorder by giving the child a better means of emotional outlet.

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