What Are Some Causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder?


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As of 2015, the cause of oppositional defiant disorder is unknown, but inherited and environmental factors are contributing causes, notes Mayo Clinic. They include the temperament of the child and problems with parenting, such as harsh discipline and lack of supervision.

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Children with difficulty regulating emotions and those neglected or abused by the parents are at high risk of having oppositional defiant disorder or ODD as well as children whose parents have mental health disorders, says Mayo Clinic.A child with ODD displays hostile, uncooperative and annoying behavior toward people, which affects his daily activities, reports WebMD. Conditions such as conduct disorder, mood and anxiety disorders and learning disabilities may accompany oppositional defiant disorder.

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