Thursday, September 18, 2008


I read this article today looking for some advice with my son. Does anyone know anything about it?
Oppositional Defiance Disorder - Oppositional Defiant Disorder

If your adolescent child has developed a pattern of behavior marked by hostility, defiance, aggression, and resentment, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder, ODD. Oppositional defiant disorder, ODD, can disrupt home and family life, other relationships, and school performance.
An adolescent with oppositional defiance disorder or oppositional defiant disorder often believes he or she has a perfect right to be so angry. Such teens tend to blame parents or other authority figures for the behavior, claiming teachers, friends, or parents are unreasonable and oppressive. They use such blame to justify resentful and hostile behavior, often defying parents by purposely breaking the rules and challenging any limits they are given.

Signs of oppositional defiance disorder often begin to show during early adolescence (ages 7 to 13). At first your child may only risk these defiant behaviors at home, which may confuse and frustrate parents. Parents often feel they are the cause of the defiance. Eventually, however, the teen will display these same hostile behaviors in school. Teachers will start to complain about your child's attitude in class. Possibly friends will disappear or stop calling. Your child may begin to seem isolated from his or her peers. A typical student in this stage of oppositional defiant disorder, ODD, will be disruptive in class, disrespectful of teachers and other authority figures, aggressive toward peers, and will alienate many of the people in their lives.
Intervention for oppositional defiant disorder, ODD involves behavior modification techniques. To ignore the symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, ODD can result in an adolescent losing ground in school and in social activity, isolating them further and damaging their ability to succeed academically or in the work world after high school.

Is your Teen:
Low frustration level
Bad temper

1 comment:

The Wethington's said...

Don't listen to any of that crap. ODD, ADD, ADHD, bi-polar disorder..those are all excuses we give for our children's behavior. If they were to be 18 and commit a crime the judges wouldn't say oh well he has ODD let's let him go and neither should you. Look up the total transformation program. You need it! You will love it for both kids. We are doing it with Garrett right now and our neighbors are doing it with their 15 year old daughter. It's like $350 but soooooo totallly worth it.