BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from ... Oppositional defiant disorder?

BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from ... Oppositional defiant disorder? - Once, when children threw themselves on the ground and screamed their heads off, it was called having a tantrum. But today children don't have personalities, they have syndromes.The l

by HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR, e-mail: helen@kirwantaylor.demon.co.uk

Once, when children threw themselves on the ground and screamed their heads off, it was called having a tantrum. But today children don't have personalities, they have syndromes.The latest is called oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), an enduring pattern of being unco-operative, defiant and hostile. It can be treated with therapy - if the therapist can take it, that is.

ODD is becoming established in adult circles. Every company has that one staff member who answers every request with 'no', blames everyone else, gets into arguments and loses their temper. It's probably your boss

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