Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Everyone who has children or who has worked with children is aware of the “terrible two’s.” The majority of the children will grow from the “no” stage to become inquiring, comfortable children. But a few children don’t reach that goal. Instead these children develop a patternĀ  of chronic aggression filled with open hostility, and defiance towards authority figures. When this behavior develops into a behavior trait that interferes with day-to-day functioning, they may be classified as having oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). A quick Google search will yield many scholarly articles and many, many articles on symptoms. I would caution parents from paying too much attention to these symptoms and mention this disorder only as something to possibly discuss and investigate with your child’s pediatrician. A good start for learning more about ODD is the Oppositional Defiant Disorder Resource Center.