Symptom Tests

[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, along with or instead of ADHD.

Reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., a member of our ADHD Specialist Panel

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavioral and conduct disorder that affects as many as 16 percent of children in the general population; that number is even higher for patients with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). 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.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children: Conduct Disorder Quiz

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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: Does My Child Have ADHD / ADD?
2. Take This Test: Sensory Processing Disorder in Children
3. Take This Test: Executive Function Disorder in Children
4. Download The 15-Day Fix to Stop Defiant Behavior in its Tracks
5. Find an ADHD or ODD specialist nearby in our ADDitude Directory
6. Listen to “ODD and ADHD: Strategies for Parenting Defiant Children” – an Expert Webinar with Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
7. Read More About the ADHD-ODD Link in Children

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    1. 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!

    2. 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.

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