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Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Deal with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

What is Opositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

ODD is a pattern of angry, irritable behavior or vindictiveness. An individual who has this disorder may show anyone of the following behavior: angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness. People with ODD are usually non-aggressive towards people or animals.

People with ODD usually express their defiance by always starting an argument without reason. They are usually disobeying to adults and teachers,Many children and teens with ODD also have other behavioral problems, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, mood disorders (such as depression), and anxiety disorders. Some children with ODD go on to develop a more serious behavior disorder called conduct disorder. (source: webmed.com)

Signs and Symptoms of ODD
  • Actively refuses to comply with majority's requests or consensus-supported rules.
  • Performs actions deliberately to annoy others.
  • Angry and resentful of others.
  • Argues often.
  • Blames others for his or her own mistakes.
  • Frequently loses temper.
  • Spiteful or seeks revenge.
  • Touchy or easily annoyed.
(source: wikipedia)

A child with ODD often tests the temper of his/her parents or guardian. If you have no proper knowledge on how to handle or treat a child with ODD, you might ended up punishing the child for his/her misbehavior or worse, you'll wish that he/she never existed. 

It's so painful to see your child doing everything that will make you mad, hate words from a son or daughter you raised with love is the most hurtful words to hear. We're only human to never experience weakness particularly when it comes to our children, it will truly affect our lives and it can even be a traumatic experience for us parents.

As a mom of a child with ODD, everyday was a struggle. There were times that I don't even want to see my son not because I don't love him but because I don't want to see him mad, bothered, doing and saying thing which I believe he doesn't even understand why he had to those things.

Aside from therapies that my son had been attending, I also got this book as a tool. This book gives me complete guidelines and rules on how to deal with my son who has ODD and everything went well. Now I know how to handle his temper and how to interact with his arguments. Everything that I needed to learn is in this book.

It is really important to stick in your mind that you have an ODD child and that you should always consider it every time you're together. It is really important to seek help from a child psychologist and at the same time, read a book that will help and teach you in dealing with your ODD child.

A book is different with your conversation with your doctor, although they're both helpful, it is always best that you can read it repeatedly, anytime of the day. I also advice to record your conversation with your doctor and try to understand it by the use of this book.

I believe that all Psychologists have only one pattern in treating their patients and this book is written by a Child and Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Douglas Riley. However, if you are doubtful with what you have read, you can always consult your child Psychologists for further information.

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