It is totally normal, and even expected, for children and teens to test boundaries and defy authority every now and then. However, if the young person is displaying behavior that is excessive for their age and lasts longer than six months it may be oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). ODD is a behavior disorder that is characterized by a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance and/or vindictiveness toward authority figures that disrupts activities school and/or home. ODD can vary is severity, from mild to severe, and typically begins to emerge during early childhood. Therapy for ODD can help the child develop more effective coping skills and can also be helpful for parents struggling to parent a child with ODD. If a child in your care is suffering from ODD (or you think they might be), reach out to one of TherapyDen’s ODD experts today.