ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
I’m not a doctor I just read….
ODD is a condition in which a child displays a consistent pattern of defiant, uncooperative, and hostility behavior towards people in authority. This behavior more than often disrupts the child’s normal daily task, including activities within the family, and school.
Looses temper easily; frequent outbursts of anger & resentment
Excessively argues with adults
Actively refuses to comply with requests & rules
Is spiteful & seeks revenge
Biological- defects in or injuries to certain areas of the brain lead to…
Genetic- inherent, many children have close family members with mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.
Environmental factors- chaotic family life, substance abuse, and inconsistent discipline by parents.
Occur in Families with a history of:
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Substance use disorders
Mood disorders such as depression/bipolar depression
How to check:
No single test that can diagnose ODD.
A mental health profession can determine if child have disorder by testing the child symptoms & behaviors using clinical experience.
Children usually start showing signs between 6-8 sometimes younger. Can last through teenage years.
Best way to handle children with ODD:
Look for underlying issues. Defiance comes from various reasons.
Take a break before consequences
Be consistent with disciplinary consequences.
Congratulate child with accomplishments.
Practice child time.