Testing & Diagnosis for Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children


The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.

How is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed?

At Boston Children’s Hospital, a mental health clinician (typically a child and adolescent psychiatrist, child psychologist or psychiatric social worker) will make the diagnosis following a comprehensive psychiatric assessment with you and your child. During the assessment, you will be asked to talk about your child’s behavioral problems and to give an overview of your child’s family history, medical history, school life and social interactions.

If my child is diagnosed with ODD, what happens next?

Your child’s mental health clinician will help explain the disorder and answer any questions you or your child may have. The next step is developing a mutually agreed-upon treatment plan that works for you, your child and your family.