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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)

A condition in which a child or adolescent displays an ongoing pattern of an angry or irritable mood, defiant or argumentative behavior, and vindictiveness toward people in authority. The child's behavior often disrupts the child's normal daily activities, including activities within the ...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

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How can I get my son help for oppositional defiant disorder?

How can I get my son help for oppositional defiant disorder?

Can Be Difficult: This usually requires a therapy or counseling setting in which your son will see someone individually, and then there would be additional family sessions with either the same therapist or a different therapist. Non-medication therapies are usually the treatment of choice. Occasionally, medications will be used if the person with odd has particularly severe temper outbursts. ...Read more

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What kind of symptoms occur with oppositional defiant disorder?

ODD : 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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What is the definition or description of: oppositional defiant disorder?

What is the definition or description of: oppositional defiant disorder?

Negative and defiant: 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, community, and home life. ...Read more

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What are the bad effects of oppositional defiant disorder on the family?

What are the bad effects of oppositional defiant disorder on the family?

Nurture neglected: Defiant children have a big impact on both parents and siblings alike. Constant stress of confrontation puts everyone on edge. Having had one like this we learned that there were battles not worth fighting and some that were. Give special attention to any other children as it is easy to be overshadowed by one demanding all the attention. ...Read more

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What features has a child that suffers from oppositional defiant disorder?

See below: Dsm-iv, the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders-4th edition, defines the essential feature of odd as a recurrent pattern of behavior with negativity, defiance, disobedience, and hostility directed toward authority figures. ...Read more

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Tell me more about oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder?

A bad kid!: At the least, this might have been what folk would call him/her. Odd has to last awhile and is about the very negative attitude held and expressed by the person. I'd imagine it overlaps a lot and often with cd. Here's a good bit of info on odd: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/oppositional_defiant_disorder good luck. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiant disorder a psychiatric condition?

ODD: It is a behavioral disorder classified under the psychiatric diagnoses. ...Read more

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Can a person have both oppositional defiant disorder and schizophrenia mixed together?

Can a person have both oppositional defiant disorder and schizophrenia mixed together?

Yes: Although, the diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder is generally a condition affecting children whereas schizophrenia has as its' most common age of onset in the late teens or early 20s. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between oppositional defiant disorder and just "bad" behavior in 4 year old boy?

What's "bad"?: Odd is a description of how a child interacts with others by being negative and resistant. "bad" is a moral judgment that can be associated with lots of behaviors. Unacceptable behaviors needed effective correction, hopefully from loving parents who see the good in their child even when the behavior is bad. ...Read more

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