Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a childhood disorder that is characterized by negative, defiant, disobedient and often hostile behavior toward adults and authority figures primarily. When a teen struggling with compulsive sexual behavior becomes oppositional, the problems often become exasperated because of the teens resistance to get help. In order to be diagnosed, the behaviors must occur for at least a period of 6 months.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by the frequent display of at least four of the following behaviors: losing temper, arguing with adults, actively defying or refusing to comply with the requests or rules of adults, deliberately doing things that will annoy other people, blaming others for his or her own mistakes or misbehavior, being touchy or easily annoyed by others, being angry and resentful, or being spiteful or vindictive.
Negative and defiant behaviors are often expressed by persistent stubbornness, resistance to directions, and unwillingness to compromise, give in, or negotiate with adults or peers. Defiance may also include deliberate testing of limits, ignoring orders, arguing, and failing to accept blame for mistakes. When these behaviors are present, it becomes nearly impossible for parents to compel their child to participate in treatment.
Characteristics of the ODD are almost invariably present in the home setting, but may not be evident at school or in the community. Symptoms of the disorder are typically more evident in interactions with adults or peers whom the individual knows well, and thus may not be apparent during clinical examination. Usually teens with ODD do not regard themselves as oppositional or defiant, but are adept at justifying their behavior as a response to unreasonable demands or circumstances.
A pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least 6 months, during which four (or more) of the following are present:
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