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How is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) diagnosed?

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ODD is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms, not lab tests. Your child’s doctor may order blood or other tests to rule out any other medical problems. They also will check for ADHD, depression, or other conditions that often happens with ODD.

If the doctor can’t find a physical cause for the symptoms, they may refer your child to psychiatrist or other mental health specialist who works with children. These therapists use specially designed interview and assessment tools to check a child for a mental illness. The doctors often rely on reports from the child's parents, teachers, and other adults because children may not be able to fully explain their problems or symptoms.

From: Oppositional Defiant Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)."

KidsHealth: "What Is ADHD?"

healthychildren.org: "Disruptive Behavior Disorders."

 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)."

KidsHealth: "What Is ADHD?"

healthychildren.org: "Disruptive Behavior Disorders."

 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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