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[Self-Test] Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in Children

What is oppositional defiant disorder in children? ODD is more than occasional aggressive or irritating behavior. It’s a pattern of angry, uncooperative, and mean conduct that negatively impacts a child’s life at home and at school. Use this self-test to find out if your defiant child is showing signs of ODD — along with or instead of ADHD.

16 Comments: [Self-Test] Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in Children

    1. Please keep in mind that my daughter is smart and knows how to get away with things with her teachers.

    1. This is not a diagnostic tool, but rather a way to know if your child is showing symptoms of ODD. You should take these results to a clinician and discuss your concerns.

      With gratitude,

  1. I scored a 50% for my 13 year old daughter. Is there anything I need to worry about? Or can I pass it off as puberty?

  2. I took this test for myself. Just see what it was like again to be called “defiant” and to remind me of the certain days when more than 1 of my teachers would yell at me to go outside of the classroom (usually the math teacher) until they were ready to allow me back into the class because I was talking / interrupting the class. He was a real jerk to me. I did not know anything about math and he would call me up to the board with maybe one other student to do a math problem, I hated it, he knew I did not know it. I was so lucky enough to have anyone by my side whisper to me the answers that it might be. And I mean like every single time. I had some horrible teachers who would make me feel so embarrassed. I also had this hippie type of red headed English teacher who had a giant wooden desk decorated by a bundle of bumper stickers and one time as me and the rest of the students were in line turning in our HW directly to her, when I made it to my turn to turn in my HW I made a comment about one particular bumper sticker that boldly said “LIFE’S A BEACH” and I said “Oh, Wait, I get it, like “LIFES A BITCH” and the teacher looked at me with her eyes of disgust, fire, and shame. She reached into her desk drawer and pulled out the red and yellow referral card to go straight to the principles office. As she was doing that I was shocked, I was like “whoa, wait, no, no, no, don’t you get it too?!” I hoped so badly she would get real with me and with life and it’s play on with words but she didn’t. I liked that English teacher and hope she like me too. I just hoped she would listen to me. I wasn’t trying to piss her reality off, but apparently I hit the nail on the head with that one for her. I begged her to see what I saw. But she was in denial for the sake of her own sense of self. She didn’t want to believe that I saw right through it too, and that it was okay to notice and giggle at a bit. God, I cried piles of tears to the principles office. I remember too many mean teachers. But apparently it got so bad all of teachers, principle, and my dad had to have a meeting about me. They were in a glass conference room and I of course had to sit outside near them where I could easily see them at a short distance. Watching there faces change and lips move with ego and how everything was entirely my fault. My defiance, rebelliousness, and absences from skipping class because I was always so embarrassed. The teachers said it was ADHD but when my dad told my mom she did not believe in that whatsoever so my dad just went with whatever my very christian mom had to say. It got so bad the principle told my parents to move me not just out of the public school system, but to another city. So they did. Out of San Diego, CA and into the pretty mountains of Lake Arrowhead, CA. Geeze Louise, talk about going from Life’s a Beach to Life’s a Lake !!! Anyways, take care of your kids hearts and ears. Cherish them in their most vulnerable moments, express your authenticity and they will watch how you move steadily up through life’s growing mountains while out at sea, chartering your waves of empathy for them.

    1. I’m in the same boat – my son is about to be 9 and scored a 72% on the test. Finally feel validated in my gut instinct that something just wasn’t right with him. At the same time hoping to find good resources here since there doesn’t seem to be a go to medication.

    2. My son is 7yrs old, diagnosed with ADHD & ODD. I was told there are no medications for ODD, but I personally believe that ADHD medications that inhibit the child’s impulsive behaviors limit the instances for the child to get into trouble & lead to fewer arguments. We are in therapy, we use 1-2-3 Magic for the argumentative behavior, he is in an inclusion classroom (2 teachers) and he takes Intuniv, a non-stimulant. Only just this week, do I feel like it is maybe, hopefully,finally, all coming together & he had a great week at school. Not as good at home, but better. Good luck!

      1. What is 1-2-3 Magic? I am trying all things with my 6 year old, still not sure i want to use medication.

  3. How do I interpret my results? I understand this is a screener but I’d like to understand what the % means and possible next steps.

    1. The next step is to take these results to you child’s doctor to discuss the possibility.

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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