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"What the heck is Oppositional Defiance Disorder?"
Symptoms and definitions of ODD
In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in diagnosis of ADD and ADHD. More recent developments have identified Oppositional Defiance Disorder as the next behavioral disturbance in the line of explanations for our children's defiant behavior. While they all have similar symptoms, Oppositional Defiance Disorder is characterized by a unique set of symptoms including:
* Throwing repeated temper tantrums
* Excessively arguing with adults
* Actively refusing to comply with requests and rules
* Deliberately trying to annoy or upset others, or being easily annoyed by others
* Blaming others for your mistakes
* Having frequent outbursts of anger and resentment
* Being spiteful and seeking revenge
* Swearing or using obscene language
* Saying mean and hateful things when upset
SOUND FAMILIAR?HOW MANY ADOLESCENTS WOULD THIS APPLY TO?
In addition, many children with ODD are moody, easily frustrated and have a low self-esteem. They also may abuse drugs and alcohol. (source http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/oppositional-defiant-disorder )
Despite the difficulty in dealing with a child suffering from Oppositional Defiance Disorder, there is hope! With proper education and robust behavior training, relationships between parents and their ODD children can flourish.
How to Treat Oppositional Defiance Disorder
Treatment is determined based on many factors, including the child's age, the severity of symptoms, and the child's ability to participate in and tolerate specific therapies. Treatment usually consists of a combination of the following:
* Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy (a type of counseling) is aimed at helping the child develop more effective ways to express and control anger. A type of therapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy aims to reshape the child's thinking (cognition) to improve behavior. Family therapy may be used to help improve family interactions and communication among family members. A specialized therapy technique called parent management training (PMT) teaches parents ways to positively alter their child's behavior.
* Medication: While there is no medication formally approved to treat ODD, various medications may be used to treat some of its distressing symptoms, as well as any other mental illnesses that may be present, such as ADHD or depression.
What Is the Outlook for Children With Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
If your child is showing signs of ODD, it is very important that you seek care from a qualified doctor immediately. Without treatment, children with ODD may experience rejection by classmates and other peers because of their poor social skills, and aggressive and annoying behavior. In addition, a child with ODD has a greater chance of developing a more serious behavioral disorder called conduct disorder. When started early, treatment is usually very effective.
Can Oppositional Defiant Disorder Be Prevented?
Although it may not be possible to prevent ODD, recognizing and acting on symptoms when they first appear can minimize distress to the child and family, and prevent many of the problems associated with the illness. Family members also can learn steps to take if signs of relapse (return of symptoms) appear. In addition, providing a nurturing, supportive and consistent home environment with a balance of love and discipline may help reduce symptoms and prevent episodes of defiant behavior.