ODD in Teenagers
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a pattern of anger guided disobedience and hostility towards authority figures. Teens who are stricken with ODD display behaviors that go well beyond the norms for teenage behavior.
Teenagers who have ODD are often very stubborn, won’t take no for an answer, has difficulty keeping friends, throws temper tantrums and bully other children. It is tough for parents to be able to differentiate strong-willed behaviors in teens from a teen that has ODD.
A child with ODD thrives on conflict, while refusing to take responsibility for their actions. Children dealing with ODD can also be manipulative and controlling, as they look to take charge of any situation to their benefit.
The cause of ODD is still unknown, but many believe that it is a combination of social, biological and psychological factors. The prevalence of ODD is higher among families that have a history of ADD and ADHD, as well as in children whose parents have struggled with substance abuse or had mental issues.
If you suspect your child maybe struggling with ODD, a visit with a psychologist or a behavioral expert can determine if it is normal behavior or ODD. Learning early if your child has ODD is vital in order to be able to begin treatment.
Treatment for ODD includes a variety of individual and group therapies that can prep your child to tackle ODD head on. Individual therapy will help the child with ODD better harness his anger, while family therapy allows the whole family to tackle the issue. Teens with ODD also can receive social skills training to learn how to interact with others in a better fashion, along with collaborative problem solving training that stresses how your child will take on problems that may arise in life.
It is important for parents to praise any effort made by an ODD teen to be cooperative, while making rules and consequences that are overly clear. Parents should be advised to pick their battles when dealing with an ODD afflicted child. Outside interests or hobbies are suggested for parents of an ODD child, so that they will be able to have some down time.
When dealing with a conflict with your ODD afflicted youth, it is vital to de-escalate the situation and assert control over what is happening.
Turning Winds Academic Institute offers an residential treatment program for troubled teens that can help the individual with ODD. A fully accredited institute by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and the National Independent Private Schools Association, TWAI has a first-class experienced clinical team that leads one-on-one and group therapy sessions, while touting a diverse collection of teachers. Plenty of personal attention will be given to each teen, to ensure proper progress.