Do Children Grow Out of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?

“I was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) as a child,” one reader tells us. “Is there an adult form? What happens to children with ODD when they grow up?”

Many children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often also diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). But what happens as they grow up? Can kids grow out of ODD when they transition to adulthood? Are adults with ADHD also likely to have ODD? In this new ADHD video, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., and the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults With ADHD and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians, explains how ODD relates to ADHD, what happens to children with ODD when they grow up, and how ODD is related to antisocial personality disorder.

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