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Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

adhdOppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 313.81 Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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.

Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

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