Defiance, known as, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a disruptive behavior disorder in children and teenagers. It is characterized by patterns of unruly and argumentative behavior and hostile attitudes toward authority figures. Parents may find it difficult to recognize ODD in their child or teen. They may simply think they have a stubborn, emotional, or strong-willed child. What you will notice is the behavior of a child with ODD is much more extreme and disruptive than normal and occurs much more frequently than typical childhood stubbornness, whininess, and rebellion that often occurs at different stages of a child’s development. Since there are many things that can be confused for ODD, it is important that you see a licensed therapist for a diagnosis to confirm that your child/teen does have ODD.
Other disorders that may overlap with the presence of oppositional defiance disorder can include:
The signs and symptoms of ODD will vary from person to person. ODD is generally diagnosed when a child or teenager constantly behaves in extremely negative, hostile, and defiant ways that disrupt their home, school, and social lives and continues for at least six months. Children with ODD usually direct their anger, resentment, and spiteful behavior toward authority figures, their parents, and teachers, however they may also have problems with their peers.
Some examples of signs and symptoms that may be evidence that a child is struggling with oppositional defiance disorder:
If the behavioral symptoms remain untreated, the following effects can result in adults when they have not received the proper help required to manage their symptoms of ODD:
At Cameron Pediatric Counseling, Inc. we take a preventative and proactive approach to treating ODD. While your child/teen may have symptoms of ODD, they might not have what is to be considered full blown ODD. At this stage, taking preventative therapeutic approaches are very successful in helping your child to treat ODD. A combination of therapies is generally used to treat ODD, including behavioral and family therapies, parental training, and sometimes medication. In addition to treating the child, therapy attempts to rebuild the parent-child relationship and teach parents new techniques for dealing with the child’s behavior. Treatment is essential and the earlier the better to help prevent ODD from developing into a more serious conduct disorder, mental health disorder, or criminal behavior. At CPC, we are trained to help you and your family get through this and get your family back on the path to good mental health and a good relationship.
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