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Obsessive Defiance Disorder


Obsessive defiance disorder is a term that is mistakenly used when people are attempting to refer to obsessive defiant disorder (ODD). ODD is a diagnosable condition that occurs when children are so rebellious against their parents’ wishes that it can cause clinical impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning. It is typically characterized by constant negative, disobedient and hostile behavior towards authority figures.

In order to officially qualify as ODD under the “Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” the condition must last for a minimum of six months.

Children who struggle with ODD typically share the following characteristics:
• They possess a strong need for control, and will do just about anything to gain power.
• They typically deny responsibility for their misbehavior and have little insight into how they impact others.
• The ODD child is socially exploitive and very quick to notice how others respond. He then uses these responses to his advantage in family or social environments, or both.
• These children tolerate a great deal of negativity – in fact they seem to thrive on large amounts of conflict, anger and negativity from others, and are frequently the winners in escalating battles of negativity.

Via the Mayo Clinic, here are some of the most common side-effects of ODD:

• Temper tantrums
• Argumentativeness with adults
• Refusal to comply with adult requests or rules
• Deliberate annoyance of other people
• Blaming others for mistakes or misbehavior
• Acting touchy and easily annoyed
• Anger and resentment
• Spiteful or vindictive behavior
• Aggressiveness toward peers
• Difficulty maintaining friendships
• Academic problems

If you are concerned that your child has an undiagnosed case of ODD, contact your local physician to get the proper diagnosis as soon as possible.

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