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Oppositional Defiant Disorder Explained

Do you ever have that ‘you’ve got to be kidding’ feeling? I had that feeling recently when I found this informational article on so called Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The piece is called, disturbingly enough, ODD Treatment.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, is a behavior disorder. It is defined by the presence of markedly defiant, disobedient, provocative behavior and by the absence of more severe dissocial or aggressive acts that violate the law or the rights of others.

Uh, so adolescent rebellion is now a disorder. That’s what I’m getting out of this bit.

I’m wondering when ‘law breaking’ and ‘rights violations’ are going to become characterized as ‘disorders’. Yep, a little leap, and every criminal needs treatment.

Does the ODD kid have authority issues? Definitely, and specifically with those authorities known as parents. I feel a little queasy about the acronym as well. It’s sort of an if you don’t bow down to parental authority figures you’re strange in an odd man out sort of way.

Isn’t this a little, as I hear they still do in Russia, like calling it an illness to disagree with the government?

6 months displaying 4 of the following 8 behaviors, and you have an ODD child.

1. Often deliberately annoys people.
2. Often loses temper.
3. Is often touchy or easily annoyed by others.
4. Often argues with adults.
5. Is often spiteful or vindictive.
6. Often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules.
7. Often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior.
8. Is often angry or resentful.

Oh, no. I’m coming down with that ‘you’ve got to be kidding feeling’ again. It would seem that adolescence and ODD are awfully close to being one and the same thing. You know, adolescence? A time when a young person is beginning to put a little distance between him or herself and his or her parents. It’s part of the growing up, or weaning, process.

If the child is preadolescent, not to get upset, maybe you actually have a gifted child on your hands.

All is not a downhill glide for these kids. There are some rocky roads to be traveled.

Associated features

* Learning Problem
* Depressed mood
* Hyperactivity
* Addiction
* Dramatic or erratic or antisocial behavior

To which I’d like to add:

* Lack of understanding authority figures.