Definitions for "Oppositional Defiant Disorder"
The essential feature is a recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that persists for at least 6 months and is characterized by the frequent occurrence of at least four of the following behaviors: losing temper, arguing with adults, actively defying or refusing to comply with the requests or rules of adults, deliberately doing things that will annoy other people, blaming others for his or her own mistakes or misbehavior, being touchy or easily annoyed by others, being angry and resentful, or being spiteful or vindictive.
pattern of negative, defiant and hostile behavior that develops in childhood or early adolescence. For a diagnosis, must last for at least six months and cause significant impairments in everyday functioning.
An under-controlled disorder of children marked by high levels of disobedience to authority but lacking the extremes of conduct disorder.