ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder

What is ODD? 

  • ODD is a psychiatric disorder characterised by persistent negative and disruptive behaviours

  • A pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behaviour often directed towards authority figures

  • Children and adolescents show a constant pattern of angry and verbally aggressive behaviour

What makes it ODD and not just typical teenage behaviour?

  • It is constant

  • It is excessive compared to what is usual for the child’s age

  • Disruptive for both school and family

  • Usually directed towards an authority figure

What behaviours are commonly associated with ODD? 

  • Defiance

  • Negativity

  • Hostility and verbal aggression

  • Frequent outbursts of anger and resentment

  • Excessive arguments with adults
  • Moody, easily frustrated and low self-esteem

  • Swearing

  • Saying mean and hateful things when upset

  • Revenge-seeking attitude

  • Blaming others for their mistakes

  • Often touchy or annoyed by others

  • Deliberately annoying and upsetting others

  • Often questioning rules

  • Actively refusing to comply with rules and requests