Is medication usually recommended for Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Re: Is medication usually recommended for Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

The short answer is "no." Parent education and training is the first course of treatment for children and teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (i.e., the parent learns behavior modification techniques tailored to the ODD child).

In the event that medication is warranted (which is usually a “last resort” intervention), several options exist:
  •  serotonergic agents (e.g., Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft)
  • mood stabilizing drugs (e.g., Depakote)
  • antihypertensives (e.g., Tenex, Clonidine)

Medication should only be considered:
  • when the symptoms are very severe
  • if non-medical interventions are not successful
  • if medically treatable CO-morbid conditions are present (e.g., ADHD, depression, tic disorders, seizure disorders, psychosis) 

Help for Parents with Oppositional Defiant Children and Teens

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