Defiant Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Defiant Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Oppositional
Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical
professionals, and others, only properly trained mental health
professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can
or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional
factors are considered in addition to the Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms in making
proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing
considerations. This information on Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms and diagnostic
criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.
Diagnostic criteria for 313.81 Oppositional Defiant Disorder
A pattern of negativistic. hostile, and defiant behavior
lasting at least
6 months, during which four
(or more) of the following are present:
often loses temper
often argues with adults
often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules
often deliberately annoys people
often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
is often angry and resentful
is often spiteful or vindictive
Note: Consider a criterion met only if the behavior occurs more frequently than
is typically observed in individuals of comparable age and developmental level.
B. The disturbance in behavior causes clinically significant impairment
in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
The behaviors do not occur exclusively during
the course of a Psychotic or Mood Disorder.
D. Criteria are not met for conduct disorder, and, if the individual is
age 18 years or older, criteria are not met for antisocial personality disorder.
Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in
Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
Other Mental Health
Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria
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