Manifestations of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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Provo Canyon School offers residential therapeutic treatment and education for children in grades three through 12. Provo Canyon School provides targeted treatment for a variety of mental and behavioral diagnoses, including oppositional defiant disorder.

Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, leads a child or adolescent to appear abnormally contrary and disobedient. While some degree of disobedience manifests naturally as a part of child development, a young person with oppositional defiant disorder will show these tendencies more intensely or more frequently than peers of a similar age and developmental stage. The seemingly anti-social behaviors of a child with ODD will cause the child to have difficulty in at least one major aspect of his or her life.

The child with ODD frequently argues with authority figures and refuses to comply with requests. Many adults caring for a child with ODD will describe the child as having a tendency to act against a request even before the request has been made.

Children with ODD often act out of spite. Often annoyed or upset by other people, the child with ODD will deliberately attempt to annoy others as well. The child is also likely to blame others for his or her own misbehavior.

A child with ODD will rarely be bothered by his or her own behavior. It usually falls to the caregiver to seek out treatment that can help the child to make more adaptive choices.

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