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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

If a child's problem behaviors do not meet the criteria for Conduct Disorder, but involve a pattern of defiant, angry, antagonistic, hostile, irritable, or vindictive this mental disorder of childhood may be diagnosed. These children may blame others for their problems.

Diagnostic criteria for 313.81 Oppositional Defiant Disorder
(cautionary statement)

A. A pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least 6 months, during which four (or more) of the following are present: 
(1) often loses temper 
(2) often argues with adults 
(3) often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules 
(4) often deliberately annoys people 
(5) often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior 
(6) is often touchy or easily annoyed by others 
(7) is often angry and resentful 
(8) is often spiteful or vindictive 
Note: Consider a criterion met only if the behavior occurs more frequently than is typically observed in individuals of comparable age and developmental level. 

B. The disturbance in behavior causes clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning. 

C. The behaviors do not occur exclusively during the course of a Psychotic or Mood Disorder. 

D. Criteria are not met for Conduct Disorder, and, if the individual is age 18 years or older, criteria are not met for Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association

Also: antisocial personality disorder, ODD
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