All young children at some point throw temper tantrums, disobey, and talk back; but at what point should their bad behavior become a cause for concern? Up to 16% of all adolescents have what is called Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Experts say that children with ODD have an ongoing pattern of these “bad” behaviors, which begin to seriously interfere with the child’s social, family, and academic life.
A child who displays some or all of these symptoms should undergo a comprehensive evaluation. Although the causes are still unknown, biological, psychological, and social factors seem to play a role, and often there is a coexisting disorder.
Article Source: (2012). Oppositional Defiant Disorder: A Guide for Parents . The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 28(6).
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