[Self-Test] Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children
Oppositional defiant disorder 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.
Reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavioral disorder that affects as many as 16 percent of children in the general population; that number is even higher for patients with ADHD. ODD includes regular temper tantrums, excessive arguments with adults, and uncooperative, deliberately annoying actions. It can disrupt the peace at home and school, and may be difficult to distinguish from typical independence-seeking behavior during the toddler and teen years.
The symptoms of ODD may look different in girls and boys, for whom the condition is more common. Boys with ODD tend to be more physically aggressive and have explosive anger while girls often lie, refuse to cooperate, and express symptoms in other indirect ways. ODD is usually diagnosed in childhood; some children outgrow the condition by age eight or nine.Early intervention and treatment are the best way to help correct oppositional behavior before it progresses into a more serious mental health concern.
When you take this self-test, think about your child’s behavior over the last six months or longer, behaviors that are excessive compared to what is usual for your child’s age and that significantly impair the child’s normal daily activities. You may want to take the results to a mental health professional for clinical evaluation and diagnosis.
This self-test for ODD was designed from symptom criteria in the American Psychiatric Association DSM 5, 2013. It is not a diagnostic tool but is designed to determine whether your child shows symptoms similar to those of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), symptoms that might warrant a clinical evaluation by a mental health professional. This screener is for personal use only.