Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) children display an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behavior toward all authority figures.Children can be oppositional particularly when tired, hungry, stressed or upset. All children will at one time or another argue, talk back, disobey, and defy parents, teachers, and other adults. Oppositional behavior is a normal part of development for children and early adolescents. However oppositional behavior becomes a serious concern when it is frequent and consistent compared with other children and when it affects the child’s social, family, and academic life. It may be tough at times to recognize the difference between a strong-willed or emotional child and one with oppositional defiant disorder. Certainly there’s a range between the usual independence-seeking behavior of children and oppositional defiant disorder.
The Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms are usually seen in multiple settings, but may be more noticeable at home or at school. Five to fifteen percent of all school-age children have ODD. The causes of ODD are unknown, but many parents report that their child with ODD was more rigid and demanding than the child’s siblings from an early age. Biological and environmental factors may have a role.
A child presenting with ODD symptoms should have a comprehensive evaluation. It is important to look for other disorders which may be present; such as, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder) and anxiety disorders. It may be difficult to improve the symptoms of ODD without treating the coexisting disorder.
Signs adolescent is experiencing Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Issues
- Deliberate attempts to annoy or upset people
- Blaming others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
- Easily annoyed by others
- Frequent anger and resentment
- Mean and hateful talking when upset
- Seeking revenge, spiteful, vindictive
- Frequent temper tantrums
- Excessive arguing with adults
- Active Refusal to comply with adult requests or rules
- Frequently spiteful and vindictive.
- Aggressiveness toward peers.
- Difficulty maintaining friendships.
- Displays academic problems.
Professional Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Counseling can help your child:
Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment usually involves medication, and group, individual, and/or family therapy . Of these, individual Oppositional Defiant Disorder Counseling is the most common. The goal of Oppositional Defiant Disorder Counseling is to help provide a consistent daily schedule, support, rules, discipline , and limits, as well as to help train patients to get along with others by modifying behaviors. Oppositional Defiant Disorder Counseling can instruct patients on how to effectively deal with ODD and help them learn how to do the following:
- use self time-outs
- identify what increases anxiety
- talk about feelings instead of acting on them
- find and use ways to calm themselves
- frequently remind themselves of their goals
- get involved in tasks and physical activities that provide a healthy outlet for energy
- learn how to talk with others
- develop a predictable, consistent, daily schedule of activity
- develop ways to obtain pleasure and feel good
- learn how to get along with other people
- find ways to limit stimulation
- learn to admit mistakes in a matter-of-fact way
Oppositional Defiant Disorder Counseling can also involve the parents. Parent management training focuses on teaching parents specific and more effective techniques for handling the child’s opposition and defiance. Research has shown that parent management training is more effective than family therapy.
When to seek Oppositional Defiant Disorder Counseling
If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior or your own ability to parent a challenging child, we can help you. The earlier this disorder can be managed, the better the chances of reversing its effects on your child and your family. Treatment can help restore your child’s self-esteem and rebuild a positive relationship between you and your child. Your child’s relationships with other important adults in his or her life — such as teachers, clergy and care providers — also will benefit from early treatment.
Our Oppositional Defiant Disorder counselors have experience working specifically with adolescent with Oppositional Defiant Disorder issues. Healthy interpersonal skills reduce stress, reduce conflict, improve communication, enhance intimacy, increase understanding, and promote joy. Consider getting your child, pre-teen or teen the help that they deserve which can result in healing and support that can serve them for the rest of their lives.