Oppositional-Defiant Disorder


                  A pattern of negativistic, hostile and defiant behavior lasting at least six months during which four or more of the following are present:

·       often loses temper

·       often argues with adults

·       often actively defies or refuses to comply with adult requests or rules

·       often deliberately annoys people

·       blames others for his or her mistakes

·       is touchy or easily annoyed by others

·       is often angry or resentful

·       is often spiteful or vindictive

                  As with all mental health problems, the behavior becomes serious and worthy of professional attention when it interferes with social or academic functioning.

                        [Source note:  These are summaries prepared by the Webmaster from various materials, the most important of which are the DSM IV (4th ed.), published by the American Psychiatric Association, and Bright Futures in Mental Health, a joint publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University.  Editorial comment is by the Webmaster.]

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