Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. Children argue can also be a way to encourage them to verbalize their feelings and thoughts. But if your child or teen has a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance toward you , teachers and other students, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

 Treatment of ODD involves therapy, training to help build positive family interactions, training strategies and skills to manage behaviors, and possibly medications to treat related mental health conditions.