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Oppositional Defiant Disorder


What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
It’s a pattern of negative, hostile and defiant childhood behavior.

What are the symptoms?
A) A pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least 6 months, during which four (or more) of the following are present:
1. often loses temper
2. often argues with adults
3. often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules
4. often deliberately annoys people
5. often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
6. is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
7. is often angry and resentful

B) The child is vindictive

C) Other problems seen along with it are:
1. Learning Problem
2. Depressed Mood
3. Hyperactivity
4. Addiction
5. Dramatic or Erratic or Antisocial Personality

How to treat it?
a. A neuro-psychiatric consult is required.
b. The behavior and stressors on the child are analyzed in-depth to formulate life-style changes that will provide positive and constructive environment for change.
c. New age, non-sedative, non-addictive medications are advised if the problem has led to physical harm, dangerous behavior or suicidal attempts.



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