What’s the Connection? — Credihealth Blog

Some children have disruptive behavioral patterns from childhood which can eventually lead them toward the diagnosis of ADHD and ODD.  

Between 30%-50% of children with attention-deficit Anxiety Disorder (ADHD) also have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

In this article, we extensively study the connection between ADHD and ODD. 


ADHD is the most common neurodevelopment disorder that occurs in childhood. It starts surfacing from childhood and often lasts during adulthood as well. 

Symptoms of ADHD 

  • Inability to pay attention at school 
  • Easily getting distracted at the school
  • Interrupting conversations 
  • Highly unorganized
  • Forgetting routine tasks 
  • Talking way too much 
  • Way too much daydreaming 

Some common causes of ADHD 

  • Brain injury 
  • Premature delivery 
  • Low weight during birth 
  • Consumption of alcohol and tobacco 
  • Exposure to environmental risks like pollution, traditions, etc., during pregnancy. 


ODD, or Oppositional defiant disorder, is a behavioral condition that affects children and teens. Kids with ODD have anger and contentious issues. The behavioral aspects associated with ODD are negative and leave a strong negative effect on the child’s or teen’s relationship. 

Symptoms of ODD

  • Short-tempered 
  • Always angry and resentful 
  • Annoys and upsets others on purpose 
  • Put the blame on others for their own mistakes 
  • Never fully agree with others’ opinion 

Some common causes of ADHD 

  • History of childhood abuse 
  • Exposure to violence 
  • Financial issues in the family 
  • Abusive and intoxicated parents
  • Instability in the family dynamics 

What happens when ADHD and ODD happen together? 

If your child is suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD Treatment), then it is possible for them to acquire other medical conditions at the same time. These are called comorbidities. 

ODD (Oppositional defiant disorder is one such condition and is the most common comorbidity with ADHD. According to reports, it is believed that 10 kids with ADHD also have ODD. 

ADHD is a neurodevelop mental disorder, whereas ODD is related to a child’s behavioral conduct with its environment. Both conditions may be different but can co-occur. 

A recent report stated that around 40% of children who have ADHD also have ODD. A child who is hyperactive and gets overly excited may be suffering from ADHD, and if the same child has ODD, not only will he have impulse issues, but he also is always in a frustrating mood. 

It is essential to know that the traits of ODD and ADHD are not limited to moral conduct; in fact, they can also occur with learning disabilities. 

Proper care of such kids is advisable, and going to a doctor is a must to get a clear picture of all the symptoms and further treatment. 

If not taken timely care of, these disorders can also lead to severe mental health issues like anxiety and depression. A recent study showcased that 1 out of 3 children with ADHD have acquired the symptoms of Anxiety Disorders and depression. 


Early detection of ADHD or ODD is crucial. Probably from childhood, they start showcasing symptoms. The treatment to cure both disorders includes a combination of therapy and medicine. 

In some cases, therapy works best and keeps child behavior under control. However, if you see such symptoms in a child, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor about these concerns.

Disclaimer: The statements, opinions, and data in these publications are solely those of the individual authors and contributors, not Credihealth and the editor(s). 

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