Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant
disorder occurs in children and teens. The disorder can be experienced in children who ofter spend lots of time with anger, irritability, vindictiveness, arguing, or defiance. It is a serious disorder that needs professional support.  Although every child experiences times like this, ones who are diagnosed with this disorder these times dominate their experience.  Parents and teachers find themselves frustrated and hopeless at times that these children can become compliant for anything. It is very important to get professional help with children with ODD.  This is not a disorder that children typically grow out of, and actually usually becomes more complex.  Generally, professionals can help parents work to drop out of the cycles of reinforcing (unintentionally of course) behavior that demands discipline in children, and work to finding positive reinforcement that they can authentically give.  In addition, working to help older children understand how at times their automatic thoughts and responses are to say "No!", or be different, or to do the opposite of what is expected.

For parents who are interested in getting help it is important to work your way through the process of diagnosis and then finding the right professional to work with both you and your family.

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