Symptom Tests for Adults

[Self-Test] Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Adults

Adults with oppositional defiant disorder are angry more often than not, and argue regularly with family members or coworkers. Use this self-test to see if you may be presenting signs of ODD.

Adults with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) feel mad at the world, misunderstood, hemmed in, and pushed around. Their constant opposition to authority figures can make it difficult to keep jobs or maintain relationships and marriages. In other words, ODD interferes with patients’ personal and professional lives and it does so without rest.

The good news is that psychotherapy and medication are both effective treatments for getting symptoms of ODD under control.

If any of the following symptoms seem familiar over the last six months or longer, take the results of this screener to a mental health professional for an evaluation.

Symptom criteria above summarized from the American Psychiatric Association DSM 5, 2013. This screening test is designed to determine whether you show symptoms similar to those of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). It is not a diagnostic tool.  If you have concerns about possible ODD see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is for personal use only. (SOURCES: The Ultimate ADHD Test eBook; aacap.org; aacap.org; my.clevelandclinic.org)

Office rules are unfair and oppressive.
I’ve had a problem with substance abuse. 
My spouse and I argue.
I microwave popcorn for lunch at work on purpose, just so it will stink up the kitchen for everyone else who has to use it.
Anger is the emotion I identify with most.
My friends tell me I have very bad road rage. 
I’ve been fired before for being physically and/or verbally aggressive with coworkers.
I can’t stand authority figures. Fight the power! 
I’ve been cited for disorderly conduct by the police.
I feel like no one likes me. 
I’m no stranger to a bar brawl; those jerks were asking for trouble.
When someone double-crosses me, revenge is the only answer.
I’ve been sanctioned by human resources for violating company policies.
I desperately need to win every argument – whether it’s with my spouse or my boss.
I leave my socks on the floor on purpose, just because I know it gets under my roommate’s or family members’ skin.
When someone tells me I did something wrong, I feel the need to defend myself relentlessly.
It doesn’t take much to make me angry. Small things can set me off.
The term ‘constructive criticism’ makes no sense to me. 

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Adults: Next Steps

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5. Research Treatments for Oppositional Defiant Disorder
6. Read Why Am I So Angry All the Time?

Updated on November 18, 2019

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  1. Well, this seems to be for people that have a job. I’ve been retired for many years, so most of the questions really don’t apply to me. How about another quiz for people like me?

    1. LABELS sell clothing, they should NEVER define a person. I will gladly claim A-Z and any/all combinations in between to help others understand what it is like from another view. Human kindness comes from within.

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