Many children with oppositional defiant disorder have other treatable conditions, such as:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Learning and communication disorders

If these conditions are left untreated, managing ODD can be very difficult for the parents, and frustrating for the affected child. Children with oppositional defiant disorder may have trouble in school with teachers and other authority figures and may struggle to make and keep friends.

ODD may be a precursor to other, more-severe problems such as conduct disorder, substance abuse and severe delinquency.

Jan. 06, 2012