Preschool Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Preschool Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most prevalent and impairing behavior disorders affecting young children. The condition is characterized by a persistent pattern of disobedient, noncompliant, hostile, and defiant child behaviors.  Parents of children suffering with ODD can struggle on a daily basis with tantrums, meltdowns, and general unpredictability. Affected parents can often feel frustrated, helpless, ineffective, and even embarrassed as they struggle to manage their child’s difficult behavior.  Childhood ODD is associated with considerable impairments in family, peer, and academic functioning, and when left untreated it can be associated with subsequent criminality and substance later in life. Accordingly, early intervention for ODD is critical.

Symptoms

  • Young child often loses temper
  • Young child often argues with adults
  • Young child often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules
  • Young child often deliberately annoys people
  • Young child often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
  • Young child is often touchy or easily annoyed
  • Young child is often angry and resentful
  • Young child is often spiteful or vindictive

If many of these symptoms seem relevant to your young child, we can help. Feel free to contact us by calling our main desk at (617) 353-9610, or by emailing Bonnie Brown, our nurse administrator, at bonnieb@bu.edu. Also, if your child qualifies for one of our ongoing research studies, you may be eligible to receive free treatment as part of our current research opportunities.