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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Dr. Rachel Metheny
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Definition)

The primary symptoms of odd include angry outbursts, deliberately annoying others, irritability, arguing with authority figures, blaming, and refusing to follow rules and expectations. For a child or adolescent to be diagnosed with odd, these emotional/ behavioral problems must cause significant difficulties in important areas of functioning, such as academics, ...Read more


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What medication would be effective in combination with therapy in treating oppositional defiant disorder? Therapy alone isn't working. Which meds help

What medication would be effective in combination with therapy in treating oppositional defiant disorder? Therapy alone isn't working. Which meds help

Psychiatric Eval: Starting medication is a big step. Get a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If medication is the next step you want to be sure it is monitored. Talk to the therapist about your concerns, it might be helpful to try something different in therapy and/or more sessions. Groups can be helpful for both parents and children. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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What does an oppositional defiant disorder person look like?

Oppositional looks: They look like everyone else. There is no physical characteristic that is different. ...Read more

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Three effects of oppositional defiant disorder on other people?

Effects of ODD: I am not sure this has been researched systematicly. So I am not sure there are just three. But oppostional people turn off their neighbors family and coworkers. They do not get promoted. They may get fired. They do not get invitations to parties and social events. ...Read more

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What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing a toddler with odd would likely be inappropriate. Once a child understands what adults are looking for and intentionally engages in behavior that defies authority figures (this goes beyond parental defiance) then the child might be odd. ...Read more

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How do you know if your child has oppositional defiant disorder?

How do you know if your child has oppositional defiant disorder?

Evaluation: When a child seems to have problems with authority all the time, this diagnosis is a possibility. It often is found in kids with add/adhd as well. The best way is to have him evaluated by a psychologist. Their testing can clarify and diagnose this. ...Read more

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Would a person with oppositional defiant disorder know he even had it?

Would a person with oppositional defiant disorder know he even had it?

ODD : Many will not know they have a disorder because they believe every else is wrong. These patients refuse to follow adult rules, hold grudges, blame others for their mistakes, are easily anoyed by others and annoy those around them. For the full DX list see the apa website . ...Read more

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How often do you see oppositional defiant disorder in girls?

How often do you see oppositional defiant disorder in girls?

Can be fairly common: The frequency of oppositional defiant disorder can vary depending on the study, with some studies reporting rates of 2% and others up to 15%. It is generally noted that rates are higher in boys before puberty, but then become more equal in adolescence. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiant disorder due to bad parenting?

Parenting and ODD: According to the DSM (manual for diagnosing psychiatric disorders) "children with oppositional defiant disorder may have experienced...hostile parenting..[but] impossible to determine if the child’s behavior caused the parents to act in a more hostile manner toward the child, if the parents’ hostility led to the child’s problematic behavior, or if there was some combination. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it possible for a sociopathic child to be misdiagnosed as having oppositional defiant disorder?

Yes: The problem is that we do not define a child as having antisocial personality disorder or sociopathy at a young age. They are referred to as having conduct disorder. Once they are 18 years old, if sociopathy remains then the diagnosis can be rendered, provided that the conduct disorder diagnosis was also rendered by 15. ...Read more