Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Matthew Burkey, M.D., Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.


  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a common clinical problem among children and adolescents characterized by a pattern of negativistic, disruptive, and hostile behaviors toward others, including authority figures.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder is classified under the Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)[1].
    • Key features in DSM-5 are angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, and/or vindictiveness[1].

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Last updated: September 3, 2017