Oppositional defiant disorder

[op-uh-zish-uh n al] [dih-fahy-uh nt] [dis-awr-der]

|ˌäpəˈzi sh ən| |diˈfīənt| |disˈôrdər|
n. noun

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a psychological disorder an individual develops during childhood. ODD is characterized by negative behavioral patterns including, rebelliousness, disobedience, and hostility directed towards any authority. Oppositional defiant disorder's diagnosis may be identified after a child displays severe, defiant behavior for six months or longer.

Adolescents who struggle with ODD are argumentative, short tempered, and are easily irritated by others' behavior. Teens who suffer from ODD blame others for their shortcomings and personal struggles. These teens rarely take responsibility for their actions because, in their mind, everyone else is at fault for their 'hair-triggered' temperament. Additionally, adolescents who suffer from ODD, also suffer from other psychological disorders, such as bipolar and conduct disorder.

Despite its negative and self-destructive characteristics, ODD can be easily and effectively treated if diagnosed during adolescence. Additionally, parents, who suspect their child suffers from ODD, should seek psychiatric treatment for their child.