Troubled Teen Options

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Some people believe that oppositional defiant disorder is a way to excuse a spoiled brat's behavior. We have had parents calling in previously that have expressed disbelief in the diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. They say that this diagnosis was virtually unheard of 25 years ago. There are also those that struggle with the diagnosis of ADD, ADHD or Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some believe that children are just being pampered and that they should be forced to stay on task. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder are sometimes grouped together. They are similar in symptoms to ADD and can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between typical youth behaviors of beginning to develop their own identities.


There is also controversy surrounding the medications being prescribed to youth today for ADHD treatment. Some people feel that it is not right to medicate children that have any of the diagnosis we have mentioned previously. On the other side of the spectrum there are always those who will recommend some type of medication for everything. It is always good to get a second opinion when you are considering starting your child on any type of psychotropic drug.