Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Specialist

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Dealing with a child who frequently exhibits angry or vengeful behavior towards you and other authority figures might indicate a condition known as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). At WCWCW, our team of board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, along with our exceptional therapists, specialize in diagnosing and treating ODD. To schedule an appointment at our office in Bethesda, Maryland, or to arrange a telehealth appointment throughout Maryland and DC, please call or request an appointment online.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Q & A

Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) refers to a behavioral condition where a child frequently displays anger, argumentative behavior, or a vengeful attitude. While occasional defiance is typical in most children, those with ODD exhibit persistently challenging behavior for six months or more.

Intervention and Treatment for Positive Social Interactions

If your child frequently experiences outbursts, it can have a significant impact on their relationships and performance at school. However, with early intervention and treatment, it is possible to encourage positive social interactions and reduce problematic behavior.

Recognizing Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder include an irritable mood, being easily annoyed by others, argumentative and defiant behavior, talking back to authority figures, deliberately upsetting people, blaming others for their behavior, and displaying vindictiveness. The severity of the disorder can vary, with some children exhibiting symptoms in specific settings, while others display persistent behaviors across various environments.

The exact causes of oppositional defiant disorder are not fully understood, but it is believed that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may contribute to its development. Home and school-related issues can also play a role in the onset of this disorder.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

If you notice extreme behavior in your child over an extended period, and their actions are causing issues at home or school, it is advisable to schedule an appointment at WCWCW. Following a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, a customized treatment plan will be developed.

Treatment for oppositional defiant disorder typically involves counseling and family-based interventions. Medication is generally not required, unless there is an underlying behavioral condition such as anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Treatment methods may include parent training, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), individual and family therapy, cognitive problem-solving training, social skills training, and play therapy. The primary goal is to minimize emotional outbursts and encourage healthy social interactions.

To learn more about our treatment options for oppositional defiant disorder, please contact the WCWCW office or request an appointment online today.

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