Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To determine whether your child has oppositional defiant disorder, the mental health provider can do a comprehensive psychological evaluation. This evaluation will likely include an assessment of:

  • Your child's overall health
  • The frequency and intensity of your child's behaviors
  • Your child's behavior across multiple settings and relationships
  • The presence of other mental health, learning or communication disorders

Related mental health issues

Because ODD often occurs along with other behavioral or mental health problems, symptoms of ODD may be difficult to distinguish from those related to other problems. It's important to diagnose and treat any co-occurring problems because they can create or worsen ODD symptoms if left untreated.

Feb. 06, 2015