Family/Psyschology Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a psychiatric behavior disorder that is characterized by aggressiveness and a tendency to purposefully bother and irritate others. Children with ODD show a consistent pattern of refusing to follow commands or requests by adults. They tend to lose their temper, argue with adults and blame others for their mistakes. Zenia Marsden started noticing serious problems with her son, Jeremy, when he refused all efforts at potty training. She soon realized he found satisfaction in damaging or destroying things, or in disobeying her rules to remain in sight while she tended to farm animals and chores, or routine household tasks. He frustrated his teachers from preschool into high school.