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ADHD and possibly ODD

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I was wondering if a child with ODD will continue to be defiant if they get what they want. I have heard they will act up even when they get everything they want and do whatever they want. Is this true?

ADHD and possibly ODD

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Thank you for asking this important question about your child. I think the safest thing to do is to consult an expert on ADD and ODD so that you can understand the dynamics involved. The idea of the child receiving what they want and not being satisfied it may certainly be the core of the dilemma, but what is often more important is to understand the struggle the child is having and address that directly.

For this I would highly encourage evaluation and consultation with an expert – a psychologist or psychiatrist with a specialty in this area. You can begin by looking at the find help tab on the top of the page, or contact the local hospital with outpatient services in mental health for a referral.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

ADHD and possibly ODD

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). ADHD and possibly ODD. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
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