Symptom Tests for Adults

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

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

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7 Comments & Reviews

  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.

  2. If you’re here for help with an adult and frustrated or confused by this article don’t worry. It is ridiculously off target. The authors of the quiz equate being a bar fighting, popcorn eating and sock tosser with ODD. Those things have nothing to do with ODD. The author, who is unidentifiable, has personal problems with socks and popcorn that are bleeding through into their writing.

    This article makes me genuinely question the intelligence and education of this PhD reviewer Roberto Olivardia.

    I’m in a relationship with an ODD adult. Here’s what it’s like. I can’t get a straight answer about the simplest things because they can tell it frustrates me and there is value in that emotion. I know there will never be improvement because there is not anything wrong from their perspective; I, like the rest of the non-them world, am just against them for irrational reasons. My partner can’t keep a job because everyone at work is an idiot and there’s always a point they rage quit. They chain smoke cigarette’s because no-one can tell them to quit. They are against all government but expect all government benefits for free. People who participate in the democratic process are sheep. When hospitalized for a life threatening infection, the bill is not going to be paid because basic health care is a right. We cannot decide on a meal because I cannot get an answer and if I suggest something then it’s doesn’t sound good at the moment. We can’t make plans to go somewhere because they might not feel like it when the time comes and keeping me in limbo is the good part for them. They must drive everywhere unless I indicate that I expect them to drive. Then we can’t go at all. We can’t take my car because my car seats are uncomfortable, but when I get a new car there is a different excuse. They can’t handle traffic at all and are constantly angry and having outbursts. When I decide to go to do something on my own there is grief at being left out; “why me?”. They can’t do yard work, dishes, or laundry as requested by roommates because they “can’t do it right and keep getting in trouble”. It’s easiest for the housemates to do their laundry and cook food for them and leave it in their room which limits conflict. If i initiate sex then I am “always horny” but if I don’t initiate sex then they make weird cross wise hints until I suggest something, then again there is something wrong with me. They make racist jokes occasionally until I pointed out that racist jokes are not funny and then, although not racist, made them constantly, only quitting when they realized they were acting exactly like someone they personally found repugnant. They made teasing comments about disabled children, knowing that I had previously had a disabled child who died, until one day I had a panic attack and then just ignored what was happening until I passed out. As the power dynamic between us changes our interactions are also changing. They wouldn’t tell me if they were coming over or not, or wanted to make plans or not so I made plans to do something else. They showed up just as I was leaving and then had to spend five hours sitting at my house while I had fun with other friends. I wont introduce them to my other friends because they their enjoyment of aggravating other people is such that they can’t be trusted.I’ve told them that, and now all my other friends are cry babies or assholes. I spend hours taking care of them after they became sick and had to be taken to the ER but I was intruding on them when I wanted support after I went in for cancer diagnostic testing. Today it feels like cancer without them would be preferential than health with them. That’s damming.

    How is this person different than a controlling person? A controlling person is happy when they get what they want and unhappy when they don’t. If you are OK with being controlled you can be happy with a controlling person. An ODD person is happy when you are not getting what you want, regardless of if it’s what they want or not. Neither of you can be happy as their happiness is contingent on your frustration.

    If this sounds familiar, I’m sorry. If you’re shopping for a fixer-upper that can’t be fixed I know where you can find a beauty cheap.

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