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

Pharmacological Treatment

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:

  • Family Therapy

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.

  • Individual Psychotherapy

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.

  • Peer Group Therapy

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

Related Conditions

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