What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a behavioral disorder described as displaying an ongoing pattern of defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior. This disorder begins in early childhood or adolescence. When children exhibit signs of this disorder it is often seen as a “phase.” Although it is tiring to deal with a child who suffers from, it can still create a lot of problems.
If not addressed oppositional defiant disorder can lead to devastating consequences. Including conduct disorder or other personality disorders. ODD often comes with other behavioral or mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The ODD behavior often leads teens to abuse drugs or alcohol.
What causes ODD?
Some ODD behavior has been linked to abnormalities in brain chemicals and the neurotransmitters that create them. These cause a miscommunication in the brain that leads to the outlandish behavior displayed by those with oppositional defiant disorder.
Mental health disorders such as ODD are often ones that are passed through families from generation to generation. Having this specific combination of genetics have been shown to increase the likelihood of a child developing mental health disorders.
The environment you grow up in plays a vital role in shaping your behavior and how you choose to live your life. Some significant environmental factors that impact ODD are a dysfunctional family life, inconsistent discipline and a family history of mental illnesses and/or substance abuse.
- Losing temper
- Arguing with adults
- Defiant behavior
- Deliberately annoying others
- Blaming others
- Easily annoyed and angered
- Spiteful and vindictive behavior
How to get help
The best form of treatment for ODD includes therapy, positive relationship training, and possibly medication. Teens suffering from ODD need to receive clinical treatment as soon as possible. Leaving this disorder untreated will only lead to the development of other mental health disorders. Seek treatment that offers both family and individual therapy. Your choice of a treatment facility should also offer an array of other therapeutic options to help your teen lead a healthy and positive life.