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March 2010

Oppositional Defiant Disorder: A Behavioral Condition

by Staff, on behavioral problem, defiant disorder, disobedient, ODD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is defined as a pattern of disobedient behavior it maybe sometimes hostile and they usually break imposed rules. When your child always disobeys you by telling lies, ignores your rules and regulations, they usually want to do those things that you don’t want them to do. Those are the simple description of what an oppositional defiant behavior is all about. Those are just the simple side of the condition, but when it already affects the quality of life of your child or his/ her educational life are already affected, you may now need an advice from the specialists or professional experts.

To know more about the condition called Oppositional defiant disorder, we should know the signs and symptoms of the condition, knowing this will really help us relate with this condition. It is usually characterize by an acts of defiance or by a defiant behavior, they sometimes blames others for their behavior, bad temper and being irritable. Additionally, they tend to argue with their parents and as well as teachers, they intentionally upsets others people and looks for ways to get vengeance.

When those behavior mentioned above are present in your child, you must immediately bring him/ her to a professional in this field, so that they can give counseling and advices on how to handle the condition properly. Ignoring this will not help the child, it will just yield to a bigger problem that will affect the life of your child and later on it will affect the future of the child.

Moreover, Oppositional defiant disorder is usually misinterprets as other behavioral problem like attention deficit or ADHD. That is why it best that when see those mentioned above to your child, bring him/her immediately to doctor for evaluation. And the doctor will let him/her take the compression evaluation test. This test will determine if your child have Oppositional defiant disorder or other behavioral condition.

When dealing with a child with ODD, you must ask advice from the expert to have an effective intervention. There are parents that when situation comes that their child has a very uncontrollable behavioral problem, they tend to send the child to military schools or group homes. But these alternative treatments will not become successful if the parents are not involved. Still the best way of treatment is the moral presence and support of the family.

For the benefits of the parents we will present some of the treatments for this kind of behavioral problem. Your doctor will tell you to enroll in some training programs for parents; this is to help you on how to handle your child appropriately. It is also good that you and your family together with the child to attend programs about ODD for everyone to know the condition and they will also be able to help in managing the child’s condition around the house. Praising your child on the good things that he/she does will also help the child feel good about their selves. Do not also argue with your child, communicate with him/her in a calm way when he/she did something wrong.

Moreover, knowing also other underlying conditions of the child with ODD will also help in treating the condition. Because these conditions might put ODD become worst. Staff