Troubled Teen Options

What is ODD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

How do I know if my child has Oppositional Defiant Disorder? As many as one-third to one-half of all children with ADHD—mostly boys—have another condition, known as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). These children are often defiant, stubborn, and non-compliant, have outbursts of temper, or become belligerent. They argue with adults and refuse to obey. The association between ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and conduct disorder can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between. Testing by a trained professional should be conducted prior to starting any type of treatment for ODD, or Attention Deficit. Unlike ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) a child with oppositional defiant disorder can be very uncomfortable to live with. Just like Adhd treatment is controversial so are treatment options for ODD.

What is ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

How can I know if my child has ADHD? Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD will typically appear fidgety, have difficulty staying seated and act as if they are driven by a motor. Other common signs are blurting out answers without being called on, flitting from task to task without ever finishing one. ADHD treatment as with any conduct disorder treatment requires continual monitoring. Some children will outgrow the symptoms and some will go their entire lives without ever being properly diagnosed. Some forms of attention deficit can cause children to have difficulty paying attention to details and even more difficulty following a detailed list of directions. Oppositional Defiant Disorder has been mistaken by some people to be ADHD or ADD because a child may passively disobey simple instructions. The disobedience may be seen as failure to understand the instruction rather than unwillingness to comply with it. The difficulty of the diagnosis can be magnified but a willfully defiant child that opts to disobey any and all instruction or help.