Parents, teachers and other authority figures in child settings often identify the individual with ODD. A detailed history of the child's behavior from parents and teachers, clinical observations of the child's behavior and, sometimes, psychological testing contribute to the diagnosis.
Parents who note symptoms of ODD in their child can help by seeking an evaluation and treatment early. Early treatment can often prevent future problems. Further, oppositional defiant disorder often coexists with other mental health disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, conduct disorder and attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, increasing the need for early diagnosis and treatment. Consult your adolescent's physician for more information.