It’s normal for children of all ages to exert their independence. However, a child may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) when they show a persistent pattern of disobedient behavior toward adults and authority figures. ODD causes frequent problems at home, school and in the community.
At MultiCare Behavioral Health, we offer comprehensive care for children suffering from ODD, as well as compassionate support for their families.
We are uniquely positioned to help families struggling with oppositional defiant disorder thanks to our team of child mental health therapists. Our services include:
Having oppositional defiant disorder is more than being in a bad mood or having a bad day.
Children with oppositional defiant disorder often cause significant damage to family relationships, have difficulty participating in social activities and cause disruptions at school. In addition to acting out, it may seem as if nothing can be done to make your child happy.
Signs of oppositional defiant disorder usually begin during the preschool years. Sometimes they develop later, but usually show up before the early teen years.
Many children with ODD also have other mental health conditions, such as:
Treating these other mental health conditions may help improve your child’s ODD symptoms.
There's no known clear cause of oppositional defiant disorder, but contributing factors may include:
Children may be experiencing oppositional defiant disorder if they are:
Every one of these behaviors is typical in children. However, children with oppositional defiant disorder act out so often that it affects their ability to succeed in school or get along with others.
The signs and symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder vary from child to child. There are also big differences in how boys experience this condition compared to girls.
Our child and family experts provide a complete behavioral health evaluation to assess for oppositional defiant disorder and other disorders that may be contributing to the child’s behavior.
It is possible for children with oppositional defiant disorder to live normal lives. Treatment for this condition may include parent training and family therapy. We help you develop parenting skills that focus on recognizing and praising good behavior, while helping you learn how to deal with bad behavior. This may include teaching you how to help your child manage their anger. We also teach ways to show your child love even in the midst of disruptive situations.
We use interventions with a proven track record of success (evidence-based care) to treat children with oppositional defiant disorder. We use outcome measures to monitor progress and help families celebrate their successes.
Note: The condition description on this page is intended to be informational only, and should not be considered a diagnosis or medical advice. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional if you believe you have any of the symptoms described here.
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