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What are the best treatments for oppositional disorder inan eight year old boy?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: The one that works

Consistent parenting is very important.
Firm but fair guidelines and enforcement. Many times medication can help. Often adhd and odd are both present and treating the adhd can result in improvements in odd symptoms. Good sleep and a good diet is also important. Work with a professional with experience in dealing with this. Odd in general is harder to treat than adhd.

In brief: The one that works

Consistent parenting is very important.
Firm but fair guidelines and enforcement. Many times medication can help. Often adhd and odd are both present and treating the adhd can result in improvements in odd symptoms. Good sleep and a good diet is also important. Work with a professional with experience in dealing with this. Odd in general is harder to treat than adhd.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Counseling

Mental health counseling can also be beneficial, especially when used in combination with appropriate medications prescribed by a physician.
There can be "non-organic" (i.e., psychological) factors contributing to the odd in addition to biological factors (e.g., neurotransmitters).

In brief: Counseling

Mental health counseling can also be beneficial, especially when used in combination with appropriate medications prescribed by a physician.
There can be "non-organic" (i.e., psychological) factors contributing to the odd in addition to biological factors (e.g., neurotransmitters).
David Escobar
David Escobar
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
If there is co-existent ADHD make sure that this is treated as best as possible. Often ODD and ADHD are both present, and ADHD responds better to medication.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Behavior probs

I have published a book on kindle which provides guidance to parents with children who have behavior problems.
It is called: parenting the kids according to a child psychiatrist and sells for only $5.95. The book may help you to help your child's behavior. Good luck.

In brief: Behavior probs

I have published a book on kindle which provides guidance to parents with children who have behavior problems.
It is called: parenting the kids according to a child psychiatrist and sells for only $5.95. The book may help you to help your child's behavior. Good luck.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Reconstruct thinking

Odd is not an actual disorder, such as adhd or medical depressive disorder. Rather, it's a grouping of symptoms of disordered conduct/behaviors found in kids or adolescents w/ other problems.
Treating the learning disability, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ocd, adhd, etc, will generally treat odd. Think of these symptoms as representations of the "fight or flight" phenomena in stressed kids.

In brief: Reconstruct thinking

Odd is not an actual disorder, such as adhd or medical depressive disorder. Rather, it's a grouping of symptoms of disordered conduct/behaviors found in kids or adolescents w/ other problems.
Treating the learning disability, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ocd, adhd, etc, will generally treat odd. Think of these symptoms as representations of the "fight or flight" phenomena in stressed kids.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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