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?
To diagnose this disorder a psychological evaluation would be carried out by a psychiatrist. The health, behaviour of the child in various settings and relationships with others would be noted.
HOW IS OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER TREATED?
Treatment of ODD consists of therapy to help manage behaviour. No medications are prescribed for this disorder unless it appears with other conditions such as attention deficient hyperactive disorder.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children with ODD need acceptance and love at all times even when their behaviour does not seem to be acceptable.