This reply was originally posted by user Sarah St in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
Is it possible to have ODD without it developing from some emotional trauma? I think that it must be genetic in my family. I have stories dating back to my great grandmother that seem to indicate that she had ODD. I see it in aunts and uncles, cousins, a nephew (who is actually diagnosed), my brother and possibly my son. I am wondering if my quick anger and automatic suspicion of authority is a sign of ODD in myself. Is there a check list for adults to see if I might have ODD? And if I do, how do I manage my ODD symptomatic young son?