ODD

WHAT IS OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER?

In children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), there is an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that seriously interferes with the youngster’s day to day functioning. Symptoms of ODD may include extreme and frequent temper tantrums, arguing with adults, questioning rules, deliberate attempts to annoy others, blaming others for their mistakes, and excessive anger. ODD has also been shown to co-exist with other disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder) and anxiety disorders. Some children with ODD may go on to develop conduct disorder.

TREATMENT OF ODD

SDPS will provide parent education and training to help parents manage the child’s behavior. SDPS will devise a treatment plan that helps to support the development of anger management skills, social skills, family communication and mutual understanding, cognitive problem solving skills and social skills training.