Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Don't Tell Me what to Do!
We're all ODD Sometimes, but why?
Scientists and therapists have been studying causes, but they don't know exactly what causes ODD. Like ADHD and ADD, ODD is possibly genetic, but it's also environmental. Meaning that your life at home and school could affect how ODD you are. Some contributing factors are:
- Parental/guardian abuse or neglect
- Unfair discipline
- Lack of supervision
- Physical or verbal assault
- Living with a parent with a mental disorder
What do I do if I'm ODD?
If you are ODD there is a treatment. Scientists recommend therapy:
- PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
- Prescription medication
According to therapists PCIT is the most effective therapy to deal with ODD in adolescents. PCIT teaches the parent or guardian to respectfully solve issues and assert control. Respect is the key to a healthy parent-child relationship.
Medication can only do so much, like with most disorders. Meds are not a solution, they are simply a helpful tool to reach a solution.