If a child is constantly angry, irritable, defiant and vindictive towards authority figures then they could be having oppositional defiant disorder. Most children with this disorder would also be argumentative and throw temper tantrums. This behaviour usually develops before teenage years.
HOW IS OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER DIAGNOSED?
A psychiatry specialist will conduct a mental health check-up. The doctor will conduct a psychological evaluation along with behaviour and communication assessment.
HOW IS OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER TREATED?
The treatment includes various types of therapy for positive family bonding and the development of skills with which the child and parent can manage the negative behaviour. For very severe cases, medication may also be required for some time.
DID YOU KNOW?
Counsellors and child development experts can offer various kinds of therapy for this condition.