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How do I know if my child has ADHD or opposition defiant disorder?

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ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder often go hand-in-hand. About half of kids who have ADHD also have some other condition, and often it’s oppositional defiant disorder. But how do you know if he has one or the other -- or both?  Talk to your doctor and let her make the diagnosis. Don’t try to figure it out on your own. That said, you should also look out for the signs and symptoms so you know what to tell your doctor.

From: Is It ADHD or ODD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “ODD: A Guide for Families.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” “Oppositional Defiant Disorder Resource Center: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “ODD: A Guide for Families.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” “Oppositional Defiant Disorder Resource Center: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 12, 2018

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