Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. But if your child or teen has a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behavior toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). As a parent, you don't have to go it alone in trying to manage a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Doctors, counselors, and child development experts can help. Treatment of ODD involves therapy, training to help build positive family interactions, and possibly medication to treat a related mental health condition.