More Than Just Naughty: Dealing with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

40% of children with ADHD also develop oppositional defiant disorder. These kids demonstrate consistently angry, violent, and disruptive behaviors toward authority figures. How to regain control as a parent.

An ODD Diagnosis Is Tricky

Every child will act out and test his boundaries. It may be hard to know whether a child is normally defiant or has ODD. Consult a therapist trained in childhood behavioral problems. He should also screen for anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder—each of which may cause oppositional behavior. Left untreated, ODD can evolve into conduct disorder, a more serious behavioral problem.
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