Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Every child goes through a stage where they ares simply stubborn and do not want to listen. This is the “boundary testing” stage of development. However, this behavior can reach extremes. When it becomes a consistent pattern of defiance, vindictiveness, and anger that lasts more than six months, the behavior is characteristic of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Oppositional Defiant Disorder is diagnosed in both children and teenagers, although the symptoms usually appear in early childhood – during the preschool ages of 2 to 5.

Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder fall into three main categories:

  • Vindictiveness – acting in a spiteful manner on a regular basis
  • Defiance and argumentativeness – blames others for mistakes, argues with authority figures, acts in deliberately annoying manner
  • Moods that are irritable and angry – easily annoyed by others, quick to lose temper, shows signs of anger or resentment for seemingly no reason

Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be treated in several different ways, including family therapy, individual therapy, and with social skills training. In order to determine the best options for your child, a full assessment must first be conducted by a trained therapist. Please call Insight Psychological today in order to schedule an appointment to see what we can do to help your child!