ADHD or Oppositional Defient Disorder (ODD)?
January 21, 2015
Many parents report that the children with ADHD show anger, irritability, and at times plain defiance. These behaviors are more frequent in children with ADHD compared to other children. Oppositional Defiant Disorder occurs in 2% to 6% of children without ADHD. Often these symptoms show up at the peak at the level of stimulant medication or when the medication wears off. However, there is another disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) which needs to be considered as the management can be different. Child with ODD exhibit “a negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting more than six months; often lose temper, argues, defies, and deliberately annoys people, spiteful, and vindictive,” Miller, K.J., 2013). To label it Oppositional defiant disorder, four of the above symptoms must be present for more than six months.