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Do you question authority? Fail to accept conventional wisdom? Lose your temper when you hear a politician make a promise that you know he or she can’t keep? If so, you may be mentally ill, according to the most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In this revision, psychiatrists hope to add dozens of new mental disorders. Unfortunately, many of these so-called illnesses target people who merely think or behave differently from the majority population.
Causes By Mayo Clinic staff There's no clear cause underpinning oppositional defiant disorder. Contributing causes are likely a combination of inherited and environmental factors, including: * A child's natural disposition * Limitations or developmental delays in a child's ability to process thoughts and feelings * Lack of supervision * Inconsistent or harsh discipline * Abuse or neglect * An imbalance of certain brain chemicals, such as serotonin