Oppositional Defiant Disorder | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of ODD?

Every child or teen gets angry, throws tantrums and argues. But it can be hard to tell if a child or teen is just acting out, or if he or she has ODD. The symptoms of ODD are disruptive to home and family life, are almost constant and often last for at least 6 months. Symptoms of ODD may include:

  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Constant arguing with or defying adults
  • Refusing to follow rules
  • Annoying other people on purpose
  • Blaming others for their own mistakes or bad behavior
  • Acting touchy or easily annoyed by others
  • Feelings of anger and resentment toward other people
  • Wanting to get revenge on others
  • Problems at school
  • Trouble making or keeping friends


Oppositional Defiant Disorder by Sutton Hamilton, MD, and John Armando, LCSW (American Family Physician October 01, 2008, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20081001/861.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09