Does Your Teen Struggle With ODD?
Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or ODD, is a psychiatric disorder that can emerge in childhood. Teens with Oppositional Defiance Disorder exhibit argumentative behaviors, regularly refusing to obey you and, to put it simply, is basically in a nasty mood (particularly around anyone in positions of authority).
While many teens may show some of these characteristics at different times, if your teen is intentionally troublesome or belligerent, exceptionally insubordinate, angry or ill-tempered, continually in opposition with authority, malicious, blaming others for their mistakes, they might have Oppositional Defiance Disorder.
How Oppositional Defiance Disorder is Treated
If not treated, Oppositional Defiance Disorder is a trying condition, both for you and him. It is vital to categorize their Disorder properly, in order to be certain that their actions don’t exacerbate, possibly leading to issues with powers that be, or behaviors that are harmful to himself.
In addition to possibly having other, correctable conditions (i.e.: ADHD or depression), ODD is seen as a precursor to other, more severe problems such as conduct disorder, criminal behavior and substance abuse.
Useful behavioral therapy might focus on how to prevent problematic thoughts or behaviors from accidental reinforcement. Instead, use of positive reinforcement and praise for suitable behaviors are key to successful treatment.
Diamond Ranch Academy Can Help Teens
With Oppositional Defiance Disorder
Diamond Ranch believes the best therapy often happens outside of the office. Our therapists spend hours with the students playing basketball, going on hikes, and any number of other activities. Our therapists are with the students day in and day out. We get to know them well, across multiple settings. This allows us to design therapeutic interventions that directly target specific challenges. As students learn to trust, they let their walls down. They are then able to work through their challenges without the power struggles and resistance. At Diamond Ranch, your son or daughter will form a close relationship with their therapist. Under the care and guidance of one of our trained professionals, your child will flourish.
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