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January 2014

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

by Staff

You may wonder what oppositional defiant disorder means. When a child openly disobeys you by talking back to you or ignores the rules and does something you told them not to do, on a level that is more noticed than with other children their age, they may have an oppositional defiant disorder. These types of behavior is to be expected in children to a degree, but when it begins to get out of hand and starts to affect both you and your child’s social and educational life then it is a disorder that needs to be taken care of.

Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  1. Acts of defiance
  2. Blaming others for their behavior
  3. Bad temper and being irritable
  4. Continued auguring with parents and teachers
  5. Intentional upsets others
  6. Looks for ways to get vengeance

If you notice your child is behaving excessively in these areas it is a good chance they have ODD, and you should not ignore these systems. If they are not addressed they can get worse and create major problems for you and your child’s future.

What to do if you suspect your child has ODD

If you notice your child is presenting these symptoms at school or at home, you should first have your child to take a compression evaluation test. This will determine if your child may have ODD or some other disorder such as attention-deficit, or a learning disorder which can enhance ODD.

How to handle a defiant disorder

Often times when a parent experiences constant resistance from their child, especially when the child reaches the pre-adolescent or teen years, the parent will look for a "cure all" scenario where they can send the child away to a military schools or group homes and hope they fix the child for them. While some of these types of facilities can be successful, they are only successful when the parents remain very involved in the whole process.

Ways to handle ODD can include things like a training program for the parents, to help them learn how to manage a child with ODD. Programs for the child and the whole family to help everyone understand what ODD is, and helps them know how to deal with situations that arise. If your child has been told they have ODD, a psychiatric can evaluate your child to determine if they have other conditions that help to make this worse. Once this has been determined they can treat those problems, which in turn will help with the ODD. Take lots of time out so you don’t argue with your child making things worse. It is important to manage your own stress as not to upset the child with ODD. Praise your child as much as possible to help make them feel good about themselves. Staff