Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood behavioural problem characterised by constant disobedience and hostility. ODD is one of a group of behavioural disorders known collectively as disruptive behaviour disorders which include conduct disorder (CD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

Facts about Oppositional Defiant Disorder 

  • Around one in 10 children under the age of 12 years are thought to have ODD, with boys outnumbering girls by two to one. 

  • ODD behaviours usually surface when the child is at primary school, but the disorder can be found in children as young as three years of age. 

  • Early intervention and treatment is important, since children with untreated ODD may continue to demonstrate difficult or anti-social behaviours into their adult years. 

What are the symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder? 

  • easily angered, annoyed or irritated 

  • frequent temper tantrums 

  • argue frequently with adults, particularly the most familiar adults in their lives such as parent 

  • refuse to obey rules 

  • appear to deliberately try to annoy or aggravate others 

  • low self-esteem 

  • low frustration threshold 

  • blame others for any accidents or bad behaviour. 

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, visit our services page, call us on 1800 275 753 or send an online enquiry