Warning Signs and Behaviors of Childhood Disorders, Part VI: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  How could I know the difference between a warning sign and an appropriate behavior?
answer: Know the warning signs.

Warning Signs and Behaviors:
Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is significant for a recurrent pattern of negative, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behaviors toward authoritative figures. These behaviors consist of losing temper, arguing with adults, deliberately doing things to annoy others, actively defying or refusing to comply with rules or requests, blaming others for his/her own mistakes or misbehavior, being touchy or is easily or easily annoyed by others, being angry and resentful, or being spiteful and vindictive (DSM IV). Behaviors would lead to significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning. Some of the symptoms significant of this disorder are:
Pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least 6 months:
• often loses temper
• often argues with adults
• often actively defies or refuses to comply with
adults’ requests or rules
• often deliberately annoys people
• often blames others for his/her mistakes or
• is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
• is often angry and resentful
• is often spiteful and vindictive


Note: The above lists are not intended for the use of diagnosing disorders. Disorders are diagnosed by the severity, frequency and a combination of many factors. Please seek professional advice should any of the above listed criteria cause any concern.


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