Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatments
(Also Known As: ODD Treatments, Adhd Treatments, Defiant Treatments, Oppositional Treatments, Bi-Polar Treatments, Explosive Disorder Treatments)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
What Kinds of Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatments are Available?
The basic treatment basis for oppositional defiant disorder will be according to the following factors:
The child’s/adolescent’s age, medical history, and overall health
Expectation of the course of the condition
The extent of the patient’s symptoms
The patient’s tolerance to medication, therapies, and treatment procedures
There is no known specific medicine that can cure oppositional defiant disorders, but pharmacological intervention plays a significant role in treating other associated conditions, such as anxiety and depression, to reduce the distressing symptoms experienced by the patient.
Psychotherapy is a form of counseling that helps a person learn how to develop more effective ways to control and express anger, as well as to strengthen a person’s ability to cope with their condition. The varieties of psychotherapies applied for oppositional defiant disorder are as follows:
The focus of treatment is on making changes in the family system, such as improvement on the communication skills as well as family interactions. Parents need support in improving their parental skills and approaches, since parenting children with oppositional defiant disorder can be very difficult.
The treatment approach for individual psychotherapy is one consisting of a cognitive-behavioral approach to improve skills in problem solving, communication, impulse control, and anger management.
This is a therapy that is focused on developing social skills and the patient’s interpersonal skills.
Parental Skills Improvements
Mental health professionals also provide support in helping parents improve their parental skills to help correct their children’s behavior and to strengthen their parent-child relationships such as:
Avoid power struggle
Give effective timeouts
Recognizing and praising the child’s good behavior and positive attitudes/characteristics
Remain calm and unemotional in the face of opposition
Offer acceptable choices to your child, thereby giving them a certain amount of control
Limit the consequences to those that can be consistently reinforced
Establish a schedule for the family, including meal time, where the family will eat at home together
Plan specific activities to spend with the child.
Could You Have Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Oppositional Defiant Disorder Topics
|Antisocial Personality Disorder – disregard of rights of others, deceitful, manipulative, antisocial|
|Anxiety Disorder NOS – uneasiness, extreme worry, irrational fear, emotional imbalance, moody|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – neurobehavioral disorder, impulsiveness, hyperactive, attention deficit, inattention, developmental disorder, inadequate coping mechanism|
|Bipolar Disorder – hypermania, hypomania, mood disorder, psychosis, depression, anxiety, suicidal tendency, mixed episodes of mania and depression|