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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder or "ODD" occurs in about 40% of children diagnosed with ADHD. ODD in and of itself is merely a diagnosis of behavior between other children and adults. Often times the symptoms of ODD are caused by the lack of impulse and emotional control caused by the ADHD. There is no medical treatment for ODD, but often, treatment of ADHD through medication and therapy will also treat ODD.

Some of the symptoms of ODD are:

  • Easily loses temper or is easily annoyed

  • Angry and resentful

  • Shows hostility toward authoritative figures

  • Refuses to comply to requests

  • Purposely annoys or upsets others

  • Blames others for their mistakes


  1. Higuera V. ADHD and ODD: What’s the Connection? Healthline. Published January 30, 2019. Accessed March 10, 2022.

  2. ODD vs. ADHD: The Facts About Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention Deficit. ADDitude. Published October 6, 2006. Accessed March 10, 2022.

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