All children and adolescents experience challenging times and difficult behaviors during certain developmental periods in their lives. Sometimes these problems can become so severe or disruptive that professional intervention becomes necessary.

As a parent, it can be overwhelming to try to address issues like defiance or frequent and persistent anger towards family members, teachers, or other authority figures. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a disorder diagnosed in childhood that is characterized by heightened anger and irritability, argumentative and defiant behavior, and patterns of spitefulness or vindictive conduct.

About Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is typically diagnosed by the age of 8 but can be detected as early as preschool years. Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment can help to reduce symptoms by combining individual ODD Therapy with the development of new patterns of positive family interactions.

Although there is no one cause of ODD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment takes into account biological, psychological, and social factors. Some children that seek ODD Treatment face other challenges or behavioral problems such as ADHD, learning disabilities, mood disorders, or anxiety disorders.

Symptoms related to Oppositional Defiant Disorder can cause significant stress and difficulties in school, social settings, family settings, or the workplace. Children or adolescents who seek ODD Treatment might struggle to build and maintain positive relationships with supervisors, teachers, or anyone else who may be perceived as an authority figure. Youths in need of ODD help may also have difficulty creating and sustaining friendships.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment may become necessary when a child or teen’s attitude and behavior begin to interfere with their ability to function in school or at home. When left untreated, ODD may lead to poor school and work performance, impulse control problems, substance abuse, legal issues, antisocial behavior, or suicidal ideation or attempts.

ODD Help

ODD can vary from mild to severe. Regardless of how progressed the disorder may be, Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment can address the following symptoms:

  • frequent loss of temper
  • irritability or being easily annoyed
  • excessive anger and resentment
  • persistent arguments with adults or people in authority
  • defiance or outright refusal to cooperate with rules or requests by adults
  • blaming others for own behavior or mistakes
  • annoying others deliberately
  • patterns of spitefulness and vindictiveness

Treatment for ODD

In ODD Treatment, the child/teen and parent(s) are introduced to new patterns of thinking and behavior so that there can be consistency in positive changes made in the home, school, and social environments. If you would like to speak with a therapist about ODD Therapy, or if you need assistance in determining if your child or teen would benefit from Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment, call or email today.

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