Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder defined

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a behavioral issue, usually in children and teenagers. According to DSM-5, to be diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, an individual has to show at least four symptoms out of the three categories: angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness.

Along with these symptoms, the individual must occur with at least one person that is not a sibling and must be happening for at least 6 months. Normal child defiance turns into oppositional defiant disorder when the problematic behaviors start to create issues at work, school, or home.

Treating oppositional defiant disorder at Elevations RTC

Elevations RTC is a secure treatment facility for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. At Elevations, we create a customized treatment plan for each individual that enters our facility in order to provide the most effective therapy possible.

We help teens struggling with mental, social, and addictive disorders, such as oppositional defiant oppositional defiant disorderdisorder. Through comprehensive medical treatment at our licensed and accredited residential treatment center, adolescents can push past their obstacles and get closer to the life they deserve to have.

“Maintaining your health through relaxation, supportive relationships, and effective communication of your concerns and needs are important elements during treatment of ODD.” – Mayo Clinic

Research about oppositional defiant disorder

According to a survey published by the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers reviewed the possibility of those struggling with life-long oppositional defiant disorder developing secondary mood disorders. They found that over 10 percent of adults have life-long oppositional defiant disorder and that out of that 10 percent, 92.4 percent also develop other mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression.

In another study by the Underwood Memorial Hospital, researchers looked into different treatments for oppositional defiant disorder and which were the most effective. It was found that psychological intervention, including the parents and child, can truly improve behavior in the short and long run. Parent training and collaborative problem solving were also among the most effective treatments.

Contemporary article about ODD

In May this year, a little 5 year old boy was handcuffed and put into a patrol car, all because of the teacher’s lack of understanding of how to deal with a child struggling with oppositional defiant disorder. Instead of calling the parents, the teacher decided to call the police department when the young boy began to have an episode and started to hit himself.

The director of education practice for the national Association of School Psychologists spoke on the matter, “Again with adequate staffing levels, proper staff training and credentialing, and utilization of multi tiered systems of support and positive discipline techniques, these occasions should be very rare.”

Oppositional Defiant Disorder defined by…




Your Little Professor 

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Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry survey

Underwood Memorial Hospital study


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