All children can be defiant from time to time, especially if they’re tired, stressed, upset or hungry.
However when uncooperative and hostile behaviour becomes recurrent and persistent and affects their ability to keep friends and perform at school it may be diagnosed as Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
ODD may be diagnosed if your child has four or more of the following persistent behaviours:
- Often loses temper
- Often argues with adults
- Often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults requests or rules
- Often deliberately annoys people
- Often blames others for their mistakes or misbehaviour
- Often touchy or easily annoyed
- Often angry and resentful
- Often spiteful or vindictive