When Symptoms Of ODD Appear
The symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder discussed in the following slides tend to start appearing at a young age, such as when a child is in preschool. In some cases, symptoms of ODD develop later, but they almost always appear before an individual's early teen years.
It is important to note a child exhibiting some defiance at certain stages during their development is entirely normal. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to determine if the child is simply strong-willed or particularly sensitive or if they truly have oppositional defiant disorder. However, those acting out who might have ODD are doing so with increasing frequency and in a manner exceptionally inappropriate compared to what medical professionals consider normal for the age and mental capabilities of the child in question.
Continue reading for information on the symptoms of ODD in the various categories.