Ask Questions and Get Solutions re: Your Child's Oppositional Defiant Behavior


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  1. How Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder diagnosed?

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  2. What is the difference between Oppositional Defiant Disorder and ADHD?

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  3. What Causes Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  4. Which is more difficult to treat: Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder?

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  5. What is the prognosis for children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  6. What Are the Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  7. How Common Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  8. What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  9. My son is 9 and has Aspergers, but also definitely is developing ODD in school with his teacher. I've tried desparately to talk to both my son and his teacher, as well as his school Psychologist about what is triggering his behavior. My son told me he doesn't like his teacher's "loud voice" and that it scares him. Her response when I told her and the School Psychologist that was if he doesn't want to hear her loud voice, then he better do his work and stop staring into space. I told them about your site and have shared your articles with them, but they don't seem to want to try anything but fighting fire with fire, which is leading to more meltdowns and disasters! I have documented everything and written to my son's Psychiatrist who originally diagnosed him, and asked for his advice and help getting my son into a better school system. There is a special school available in my county for Aspergers and ODD/Behavioral children that worked wonders with him when he was young. Because of budget cuts, they pulled him out and he is now in a "Learning Disabled" class within a main stream school. I feel as though I'm talking to the wall with this school, who claims they feel they are talking to the wall with my son. I asked that they not take it personally, and perhaps try some of your methods, or send him back to the school he thrived in. They asked me to medicate him; I did, he is still the same, maybe even more stressed. He is not Oppositional to me (his mom) but he now does not trust any authority figures in school because of his bad experiences and is very vocal about it. When I have the money, I am going to sign up for your online counseling. My doctor should be getting back to me sometime this afternoon as well. In the meantime, I'm so frustrated and worried about the damage that is being done that I think my son is going backwards. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  10. What is the recommended treatment plan for a 9yr old girl diagnosed with O.D.D.? Is medication usually recommended(what kind of meds?) & if so,what are some alternative treatments that don't involve meds?

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  11. What is the best way to deal with a student who has Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  12. Can Oppositional Defiant Disorder occur alongside other disorders?

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  13. Are there ways to prevent Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  14. An 8 year old boy was diagnosed with ADHD Combined Type. His mother, a licensed MFT,referred him for the evaluation. He was never referred by teachers or day care providers. They describe him as an active child, minimally disruptive, but not violent. His grades are above average. His parents are divorced with shared custody, every other week. At his mother's house, he is defiant and has violent meltdowns. His mother fears for her safety and the safety of his sister. At the father's home, he does not exhibit these extreme behaviors. There are rules and consequences for not following the rules. The mother accused the father of child abuse because he has spanked him (as a last resort). Charges were investigated and unfounded. The mother wants the boy on medication so she can handle him at her house. The father does not want to medicate him for behavior that occurs only at the mother's house. Again, he is not violent at his father's or at school. Why does he show this oppositional behavior only toward his mother? Is medication appropriate?

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  15. How Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treated?

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  16. Why would a child only show oppositional defiant behavior toward his mother?

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  17. What does the future hold for a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  18. I am very glad I found this site. I had never heard of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and after reading the symptoms, I think that my brother should be see a doctor about possibly having this disorder. I have noticed symptoms like the ones mentioned in him since he was very young. I have tried to talk to him about it and he has told me that he feels out of control at times with his temper, especially when it comes to people of authority.

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  19. I have ODD. I don't have any friends, I'm always angry, and my mother just kicked me out of the house.

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  20. This information has opened my eyes to a possibility that my 7-year-old might have this. I have struggled with this boy’s emotions all year and it seems that this may be why.

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  21. My son has Aspergers, and many of the symptoms are the same as those for ODD, which in fact his doctor tried to diagnose him with about 9 years ago. One of the differences, however, is that, aside from trying to irritate his sisters, most of the time, though people are irritated with him, he doesn't realize he's doing it! His social skills are so non-existent that he fails to read cues like face and body language. Then when he does realize he's annoyed someone, it doesn't bother him because he feels that he's entitled to say what he thinks. Whether ODD, Aspergers, or any other similar disorder, parents and teachers have their hands full and really need to work together to make school a success for the ODD student.

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  22. I teach a preschool program for children with disabilities, and one of my students definitely has ODD. This student will decide on a toy, get that toy, then kick it over because he didn't get it fast enough - I'll offer it to him again and he's absolutely adamant he does not want it anymore when ten seconds earlier, it was all he could yell about. He's rarely happy with what he's doing, very hard to focus and really disengaged from the rest of the class. It's definitely a learning experience for both of us as we work on finding ways to make the class run smoothly.

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  23. In my experience as an elementary teacher at a therapeutic day school, I taught several students that had an ODD diagnosis. Although these kids can be aggressive and require a great deal of patience, I have seen great success stories in some of them. One child had a very difficult first 5 months. Through therapy, medication and clear expectations this little guy became a well-behaved and academically successful student in the class. When new students would arrive in the classroom, he would encourage them to make smart choices! It was a very rewarding experience watching him grow, learn and try to help others.

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  24. I found it interesting that many people with ODD have ADHD, because that is what I first thought my son might suffer from. I hope that the information from this site proves to be helpful for him and others.

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  25. What is Conduct Disorder?

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  26. What is the best way to work with oppositional defiant high school students?

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  27. Is there a connection between ADHD and Conduct Disorder?

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  28. How does a therapist diagnose Oppositional Defiant Disorder versus Conduct Disorder?

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  29. I think my child may have ODD. How would I know for sure?

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  30. My 11 yr old granddaughter that has lived with me since she was 2 has been hurting my animals. I show dogs and this is a business so it isn't as simple as rehoming a pet. A year ago she dislocated a dogs ankle requiring 2 surgery's to repair when in anger she stomped on its foot. I made her tell the vet who talked to her, as did I about the inappropriateness of her actions. I found she's still hitting them but not as severely this past week and took her to the police station. They explained to her this is a felony and she could go to jail for 5 yrs and gave me a few options available in our county including institutionalizing her or some juvenile jail time or a program for troubled youth where she would live at home. We did a lot of therapy years ago but it didn't seem to improve anything and now it's a mess and I am overwhelmed and don't even know where to begin. I really think each time she does something like this and she's talked to and reasoned with she'll quit but of course she doesn't. This makes me feel completely inappropriate to be raising her and at a loss as to what to do next. It's just her and I. She hasn't even seen her mother since she was dropped off 9 yrs ago. My understanding is that her mother who is an severe and active alcoholic was diagnosed as bipolar at 7 yrs and has a history much like this. Please ...Where do I go from here?

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  31. Does bad parenting cause Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  32. What should I do if I think my child has Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  33. Would a “scared straight” boot camp work for a child with oppositional defiant disorder?

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  34. What can parents do to help their oppositional defiant children?

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  35. How should parents handle a violent child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  36. What are the best behavior-management strategies that teachers can use with their oppositional defiant students?

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  37. What should be done about a child who abuses animals?

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  38. Does marital discord cause Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

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  39. What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

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