Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a condition in children that is categorized by excessive defiance, disregard for rules, anger, irritability, vindictiveness and acting out. This is more than a child simply acting out, and may have serious implications on family dynamic, social functioning, and education. Symptoms typically appear around pre-school age and are typically diagnosed before the child becomes a teenager. ODD symptoms must be pervasive and recurrent, however the condition can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Treatment for ODD is possible with professional help. This may include psychotherapy, medication management, behavioral modification, and family therapy with skills training.