• Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosis and Tests

Certain tests are very useful to diagnose Oppositional Defiant Disorder -

  • Child's overall health, behaviour, school and sports performances are noted down. A detail history of behaviour of child from both the parents, relatives and even teachers may be required. Complete medical, psychological and past history is also required.
  • Physical exam is also done to ascertain any other possible cause behind child’s behaviour.
  • In some cases, Neuro-imaging or blood tests may be required.
  • For diagnosis, there is a criteria specified by American Psychiatric Association, according to which at least four criteria should be present-
    • Behavioural problem in kid like anger, irritability, argumentative, defiant behaviour, vindictiveness causing significant problems at work, school & home.
    • Should not be a part of any other mental problem
    • Should last for at least six months
    • Symptoms occurs during interaction with at least one individual who is not a sibling
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