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Facts About ODD, CD and Personality Disorder

Some important statistics about Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Personality Disorder:

  • 15% of oppositional defiant children develop some form of personality disorder later in life.
  • 20% of children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder have some form of mood disorder (e.g., Bipolar Disorder or anxiety).
  • 35% of these children develop some type of affective disorder.
  • 50-65% of Oppositional Defiant Disorder children also have ADD or ADHD.
  • 75% of children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder above the age of eight will still be defiant later in life.
  • About 30% of Conduct Disorder kids continue with similar problems in adulthood.
  • About 50-70% of ten-year-olds with Conduct Disorder will be abusing substances four years later. Cigarette smoking is also very high.
  • Children with Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder are at high risk for criminality and antisocial personality disorders in adulthood.
  • Girls with Conduct Disorder more often end up having mood and anxiety disorders as adults. Substance abuse is also very high.
  • Females with Conduct Disorder showed that they have much worse physical health.
  • Females with Conduct Disorder were almost 6 times more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, eight times more likely to smoke cigarettes daily, where almost twice as likely to have sexually transmitted diseases, had twice the number of sexual partners, and were three times as likely to become pregnant when compared to girls without Conduct Disorder.
  • It is more common for males with Conduct Disorder to continue on into adulthood with the same types of problems than females.
  • Many ODD children have learning disorders.
  • Once children enter the teen years, it is almost impossible for parents to change the Oppositional Defiant Disorder behavior.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder is more common in boys than in girls before puberty.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder is reported to affect between 2 and 16 percent of children.
  • If a child has a personality disorder as a teenager, by the time he is a young adult, here are the chances that the following things will happen:
  1. Difficulties with interpersonal relationships: 20-30%
  2. Ending up with other psychiatric problems: 35-40%
  3. Having at least one of the above bad outcomes: 70-80%
  4. Having at least two of the above bad outcomes: 50%
  5. Make a suicide attempt: 6-10%
  6. Not get as far in school as should have been able to: 25%
  7. Serious assault on another: 25-35%

Help for Parents with Oppositional Defiant Children and Teens

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