Has anyone ever said to you “He’s just being a kid,” or “She will grow out of it, don’t worry about it”? In some cases, this can be true. Sometimes, kids are just being kids and sometimes they will grow out of it.
However, sometimes there is something else going on and further intervention may be required. Oppositional defiant disorder often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to those of a strong-willed child or those exhibited by children who are diagnosed with ADHD.
Other parents are simply told their child’s symptoms are a natural part of development.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of ODD include:
- Angry and irritable mood, including losing temper easily
- Often touchy or easily annoyed by others
- Often angry and resentful
- Refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules
- Often spiteful or vindictive
- Often argues with adults or other authority figures
Each child is different and will exhibit these signs and symptoms to varying degrees. ODD should be diagnosed by a professional. If you have any suspicions or concerns, contact your doctor or pediatrician.
There are ways to manage this disorder and help your child manage his or her behaviours. Seek help from a professional psychologist, and/or a child behavioural expert.