Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) - Storm Ridge Ranch
By Craig Rogers
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a psychiatric behavior disorder that is characterized by aggressiveness and a tendency to purposefully bother and irritate others. These behaviors cause significant difficulties with family and friends at school or work. Struggling teens with Oppositional defiant disorder is a precursor of conduct disorder. Much of the literature tends to lump these two conditions together. However, they seem to be distinct entities and, although conduct disorder does have a genetic component, ODD does not. Oppositional defiant teens show a consistent pattern of refusing to follow commands or requests by adults. These troubled boys and girls repeatedly lose their temper, argue with adults, and refuse to comply with rules and directions. Troubled teens are easily annoyed and blame others for their mistakes. Struggling teens with ODD show a pattern of stubbornness and frequently test limits, many struggling boys and girls suffer from oppositional defiant disorder even in early childhood. These struggling boys and girls can be manipulative and often induce discord in those around them. Commonly they can incite parents and other family members to fight with one and other rather than focus on the teen, who is the source of the problem. Many struggling teens don’t know how to overcome the problems that they are faced with and many troubled teens need to be placed in the correct environment in order to restore themselves. Storm Ridge Ranch can educate you on how to place troubled boys and girls in the correct environment in order to receive the help they need to overcome their struggles including Oppositional defiant disorder. For immediate assistance contact Storm Ridge Ranch at 866-858-7013, to speak with a child placing specialist to educate you on placing struggling boys and girls in the perfect facility that fits their needs.
Common behaviors seen in oppositional defiant disorder include:
- Losing one’s temperHaving frequent temper tantrums
- Arguing with adults
- Actively defying requests
- Refusing to follow rules
- Deliberately annoying other people
- Blaming others for one's own mistakes or misbehavior
- Being touchy, easily annoyed
- Being easily angered, resentful, spiteful, or vindictive.
- Speaking harshly, or unkind when upset
- Seeking revenge
Many parents of troubled teens report that their ODD children were rigid and demanding from an early age. Normal children, especially around the ages or 2 or 3 or during the teenage years display most of these behaviors from time to time. When children are tired, hungry, or upset, they may be defiant. However, children with oppositional defiant disorder display these behaviors more frequently and to the extent that they and interfere with learning, school adjustment, and, sometimes, with the child's social relationships.
The diagnosis of ODD is not always straight forward and needs to be made by a psychiatrist or some other qualified mental health professional after a comprehensive evaluation. The child must be evaluated for other disorders as well since ODD usually does not come alone. If struggling teens have ADHD, mood disorders, or anxiety disorders, these other problems must be addressed before you can begin to work with the ODD. What is the cause of ODD? The real answer is that nobody knows. However, since as scientist we hate to admit this, we have currently have two theories. The developmental theory proposes that ODD is really a result of incomplete child development. For some reason, these children never complete the developmental tasks that normal children learn to master during the toddler years. The learning theory suggests that ODD comes as a response to negative interactions. The techniques used by parents and authority figures on these children bring about the oppositional defiant behavior.
ODD is the most common psychiatric diagnosis in children and it usually persists into adulthood. One would think a lot of research would be done on this condition. That is not the case. While there are hundreds of research studies on ADHD and childhood mood disorders, there is very little research on ODD.
Parents of struggling teens may want professional assistance because they aren’t educated the correct way to restore teens and need a professional to inform them. For parents that need immediate assistance dealing with out of control teens, Zion Educational Services specializes in educating parents about different youth programs for troubled teens such as different types of private boarding schools, boot camps, troubled teen Christian schools, therapy programs for troubled teens and many other youth facilities for struggling boys and girls. ZES provides you with the information to place your troubled boys and girls in the perfect treatment center that can meet their needs. If you have any questions or concerns contact ZES, (Zion Educational Services) to immediately to talk to a child education specialist at 866-439-8112.