Can oppositional defiant disorder be prevented?

Although it might not be possible to prevent ODD, recognizing and acting on symptoms when they first appear can minimize distress to the child and family, and prevent many of the problems associated with the disorder. Family members also can learn steps to take if symptoms return.

In addition, providing a nurturing, supportive, and consistent home environment with a balance of love and discipline might help reduce symptoms and prevent episodes of defiant behavior.

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