Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)


Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a condition that may manifest during childhood, that is defined by a pattern of hostile, disobedient, and defiant behaviors directed at adults or other authority figures. ODD can result in children displaying angry and/or irritable moods, as well as argumentative and/or vindictive behavior. For parents and Caregivers of Children with ODD, it can seem like nothing can be done to make the child happy. These children will not only do things to purposely cause conflict or to purposely annoy the people around them, they can also place the blame on others.

The signs and symptoms of ODD will vary for each child and there can also be significant differences between the symptoms in boys and girls.

Your child may suffer from ODD if they display the following behavious. We recomend that you discuss your concerns with you Health visitor or GP.


  • Easily losing temper / throwing repeated temper tantrums
  • Arguing
  • Fighting
  • Refusing to follow rules
  • Deliberately acting in a way that will annoy others
  • Blaming others
  • Blatant hostility towards other people
  • Being unwilling to compromise or negotiate
  • Willingly destroying friendships
  • Being spiteful and seeking revenge
  • Blatant and repeated disobedience
  • Persistant Frustration
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dont think before speaking
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Low self-esteem
  • Persistent negativity

ODD tends to present in Children with other conditions. Most commonly, children suffering from ODD also tend to suffer from, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Other Conditions that may overlap with the ODD can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Language deficets

The Following Support Groups are available to help parents