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Does your child have ODD? Mama of *3* TTC since Feb 2013; 3 kids; Wisconsin 15838 posts
9th Sep '13

Or a child you know? What were the child's symptoms and how has it been treated? At what age did it start?

Aman dua Bremen, Georgia 531 posts
9th Sep '13

My niece has odd, adhd, fetal alcohol syndrome, and was born addicted to drugs. My parents got custody of her when she was 2 months old, and have adopted her. I she has a lot of problems, but I think the ODD part is her completely refusing to submit to any kind of authority. She will not go to time out. Her teachers can't handle her and she gets sent home about once a week. It usually starts with some thing small, it just gets bigger and bigger. Sometimes she runs away from her teachers, and I have to go catch her at the school. She is only 6 years old, and the teachers have threatened to call the cops on her. She sees a therapist and seems to be improving.

Gone 17 kids; Miami, FL, United States 15414 posts
9th Sep '13

I spent two years working with kids who have ODD. One of the main things for me is that it doesn't matter what setting they are in. For example, my Dad always jokes that my son has it because he is extremely defiant at home. However, in any other setting, he listens, cooperates, and does not argue. The kids I worked with had severe issues at home, at the program with therapists (me), and in public places. It didn't matter who the authority figure was.

Mama of *3* TTC since Feb 2013; 3 kids; Wisconsin 15838 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting Aman dua:" My niece has odd, adhd, fetal alcohol syndrome, and was born addicted to drugs. My parents got custody ... [snip!] ... is only 6 years old, and the teachers have threatened to call the cops on her. She sees a therapist and seems to be improving. "


That poor baby :(

Mama of *3* TTC since Feb 2013; 3 kids; Wisconsin 15838 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting Anthony's Mommy ♥:" I spent two years working with kids who have ODD. One of the main things for me is that it doesn't matter ... [snip!] ... issues at home, at the program with therapists (me), and in public places. It didn't matter who the authority figure was. "


Interesting. My daughter is out of control, and a few people have mentioned ODD to me. Most days I feel like curling up in a bawl in the corner and crying until SO comes home to help me try and control her. Shes starting 4K on Thursday and I can totally see her getting kicked out...so I guess we will see what happens! My mom swears shes not like that at her house, when I'm not around....of course I never see it, because the minute I walk in the door shes being her normal defiant self :?

Gone 17 kids; Miami, FL, United States 15414 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting Mama of *3*:" Interesting. My daughter is out of control, and a few people have mentioned ODD to me. Most days I feel ... [snip!] ... when I'm not around....of course I never see it, because the minute I walk in the door shes being her normal defiant self :?"


Your Mom is probably telling the truth. My son does the same thing and people are like "WTF, I swear he was just fine before you got here." As horrible as it is for us as mothers to know they are always putting us through the most, I'd still choose that any day. It's sad to watch kids who really struggle with having positive interactions anywhere and with anyone.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
10th Sep '13

My dd has ODD with compulsion issues as well as ADHD, MID, SPD and Aspergers.
My dd is now 11 yrs old, it was a few years ago they said ODD. She will not submit to any kind of authority and is verbally abusive to those who try to tell her what to do. The aspergers plays a role in that as well , with the violent outrages and tantrums that can last for hours. But the ODD does not help.
She always needs to have the last word...even if it is just saying the word "word" she will argue and down right refuse anything you have to say for hours on end.



We had to tape and episode of her behavior for the Dr, he wanted to see what exactly we were talking about. We taped an 6 hour episode of her being defiante over being told to put on her shoes.



Some signs of ODD.
Your child may be displaying signs of ODD instead of normal moodiness if the behaviors:



  • Are persistent
  • Have lasted at least six months
  • Are clearly disruptive to the family and home or school environment


The following are behaviors associated with ODD:



  • Negativity
  • Defiance
  • Disobedience
  • Hostility directed toward authority figures


These behaviors might cause your child to regularly and consistently:



  • Have temper tantrums
  • Be argumentative with adults
  • Refuse to comply with adult requests or rules
  • Annoy other people deliberately
  • Blames others for mistakes or misbehavior
  • Acts touchy and is easily annoyed
  • Feel anger and resentment
  • Be spiteful or vindictive
  • Act aggressively toward peers
  • Have difficulty maintaining friendships
  • Have academic problems
  • Feel a lack of self-esteem