Oppositional Defiant Disorder in a teen is different from the frustrated outbursts or moody behavior that many teens experience. This disorder occurs in about 15 percent of teenagers. Although it’s more common in families with a history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there is no proven cause of oppositional defiance disorder.
What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Oppositional Defiance Disorder is a behavioral condition that results in extreme defiance and anger against authority. Many children will start to show oppositional defiant disorder symptoms between the ages of six and eight years old, often manifesting as frequent temper tantrums and excessive arguing with authority figures. Oppositional defiant disorder in adolescence is characterized by the persistent and habitual display of incensed, even vindictive behavior.
The refusal to comply with adult requests is a common oppositional defiant disorder symptom. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, teens with untreated oppositional defiant disorder have increased risk for depression, substance abuse, and also potential criminal consequences due to the consistent angry outbursts.
Thus, early treatment is essential for adolescents diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder. Effective oppositional defiant disorder treatment includes psychotherapy, family support training, and treatment for any related mental health conditions.