Oppositional Defiant Disorder In Adults

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Definition

Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures.


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

This disorder is more common in boys than in girls. Some studies have shown that it affects 20% of school-age children. However, most experts believe this figure is high due to changing definitions of normal childhood behavior, and possible racial, cultural, and gender biases.

This behavior typically starts by age 8,...

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