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Managing children with Oppositional Demand Disorder and Pathological Demand Avoidance

Managing children with Oppositional Demand Disorder and Pathological Demand Avoidance

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is term given to describe when a child displays a certain pattern of behaviours that includes losing their temper frequently, defying adults, being easily annoyed and deliberately annoying others.     

The key elements displayed by children with ODD include the following characteristics:

Argues with Adults

Refuses and Defies

Angry and Defensive

Spiteful and Vindictive

Pathological Demand avoidance covers a range of features. The most distinctive of these, and the one from which the condition takes its name, is an overriding compulsion to control situations and avoid demands made by other people, due to exceptionally high levels of anxiety

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