Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is defined by a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness.
ODD is a clinical diagnosis made by a clinician after careful assessment. In addition to the patterns mentioned above, the child will display several of the following symptoms during interactions with people, other than siblings:
Also note that the persistence, frequency, or intensity of behaviors should be in excess of that of most similar-age peers. For example, it is normal for most young children to lose their temper some times.
In most cases, ODD can be treated in an outpatient setting, like a psychologist’s office. Treatment usually consists of the modification of some parenting strategies. A combination of parent behavioral training, individual, and family therapy is often recommended.
Dr. Messina provides psychological evaluation and treatment for ODD in children and adolescents in Southlake and surrounding areas. If your child is experiencing symptoms of ODD, contact me today to schedule an appointment.