- Associated Diagnoses
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- Signs and Symptoms
Children with ODD quickly lose their temper, are often disobedient at home or at school, often ignore or rebel against rules, often blame others for mistakes or misbehavior, are prone to annoy others (and are easily annoyed or irritated).
Every one of these behaviors is typical in children to a certain extent, but those with ODD have problems with impulsivity, and act out so often that it dramatically compromises their ability to get along with others.
The extraordinary level of oppositional behavior means children with ODD are sometimes described as having a “reflexive ‘No!’”—they will refuse to cooperate even before they know what is being asked of them.
Symptoms of ODD can become apparent as early as pre-school or much later, in adolescence.