Oppositional Defiance

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a childhood disorder where the child is negative, defiant, and displays disobedient and hostile behavior toward adults and authority figures.

Symptoms include:

  • often loses temper
  • often argues with adults
  • often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules
  • often deliberately annoys people
  • often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
  • is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
  • is often angry and resentful
  • is often spiteful or vindictive

These symptoms often show up at home, but may not be evident at school or in the community. Symptoms of the disorder are typically more evident in interactions with adults or peers whom the individual knows well.

David’s approach to treatment of ODD involves Behavioral Modification techniques that will gradually shape the child’s behavior toward more age appropriate behaviors. Often, monitoring and reward systems are set up with parents to help shape these changes.

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