How to Identify Oppositional Defiant Disorder

July 31, 2023

Learn the signs and what to do if you believe your teen has ODD

All children and teens test their boundaries. But some take it to the extreme on a daily basis. In this case, your child may have Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), which is a mental health disorder that may benefit from a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for Adolescents in Richmond.

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by a pattern of negative, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures such as parents or teachers. Children with ODD tend to frequently be argumentative, unwilling to follow rules or directions, easily angered, and vindictive.

Risk factors for developing ODD include family conflict or disruption such as parental separation or divorce, harsh parenting practices, or inconsistent discipline from caregivers. Children who have experienced trauma such as abuse or neglect are more likely to develop ODD.

Signs of ODD

If left untreated, ODD can lead to severe problems in school or social situations. Here are some signs that your child may have ODD:

  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Refusal to follow rules
  • Blaming others for mistakes
  • Being unusually angry, noisy, and irritable
  • Being easily annoyed
  • Upsetting people on purpose
  • Seeking revenge
  • Arguing with authority figures

For ODD to be diagnosed, a child must exhibit extreme behavioral problems for at least six months.

How to Help Your Overly Defiant Child

While pushing boundaries can be healthy, constant defiance is not. At Hallmark Youthcare, we treat adolescents with ODD in our residential treatment facility for youth in Richmond, VA. With a focus on trauma-informed care and family engagement, we strive to empower youth to fulfill their potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

https://www.samhsa.gov/blog/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-awareness-month

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https://youth.gov/feature-article/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-awareness-month

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/international-self-care-day-july-24/

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/essential-oils-for-stress

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