Oppositional Defiance Disorder

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Is your child struggling with friendships?  Does your child try to control others? Does your child have difficulties letting go of grudges?  Does you child questions everything you say and ask?


If you think your child can relate to any of these, your child may be suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder


What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?


Oppositional defiant disorder is a childhood condition defined by repetitive hostility, disobedience, and defiant behaviours often directed at adults including authority figures.  These behaviours often lasting at least 6 months and are characterised by losing temper, arguing, actively defying adults requests and rules, being angry, resentful, spiteful or vindictive.  About 5.1% of Australian children and adolescent have ODD1.  This is higher for males than females (5.6% compared with 4.5%)1.



If Oppositional Defiant Disorder is not addressed, your child is only likely to become more and more defiant, argumentative and resentful.  ODD will begin to negatively impact not only your family, but your child’s interactions with peers, and school performance.  If your child’s ODD is untreated, your child is at a very high risk of developing Conduct Disorder (CD) and also likely to suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety.


A Vida  Psychologist can help your child recognise how their ODD impacts not only others, but also themselves.  They will learn how to begin to take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming others as well as learn to moderate their moods.


Don’t let your child’s untreated ODD become Conduct Disorder.  Call one of our specialised Psychologists today on 9328 3636 to make a time.


Reference: 1. Lawrence D, Johnson S, Hafekost J, Boterhoven De Haan K, Sawyer M, Ainley J, Zubrick SR (2015). The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents. Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Department of Health, Canberra.

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