Oppositional Defiance

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) is a childhood behavioral disorder in which the child displays hostile and defiant behaviors against figures of authority or adults for at least 6 months. Children with ODD will consistently be angry, argumentative, vindictive and even violent with adults.

ODD can cause distress to the family and affect both the academic and social development of a child. Parents are often distressed because they do not know how to communicate with their child, sometimes blaming themselves for the behavior of their children. If communication between parent and child is not improved, the strained relationship between them might cause the child to take up harmful behaviors such as substance abuse.

Psychotherapy and family counseling can help to improve communications between parent and child, providing both parties with coping strategies to help control their emotions. Message our providers to ask them how they can help.