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Dr. Cassidy Blair, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist | PSY 22022

Dr. Cassidy Blair, Psy.D.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy

Everybody struggles with anger and irritability from time to time. It’s not uncommon for feelings of anger and frustration to lead to arguments and other defiant behaviors, especially in children and teens. However, when this behavior becomes a pattern, it might indicate a deeper behavioral issue. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a Behavioral Disorder in which a patient rejects authority and authority figures.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is closely tied to Anger Management and is one of the main topics in the field of Disruptive Family Dynamics. Individuals with Oppositional Defiant Disorder exhibit repeated or consistent patterns of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance, and vindictiveness toward parents and other authority figures. Oppositional Defiant Disorder can create challenges at home, at school, and in the workplace.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy aims to help patients understand and address the causes behind their struggles with authority. Licensed Clinical Psychologists use Oppositional Defiant Disorder Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based treatment models to help patients work through their anger and defiance. Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy gives patients the treatment and tools they need to create stronger, healthier relationships in every aspect of their lives.

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder causes anger and defiance to spiral out of control. This disorder is most prevalent in children and teenagers. Kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder struggle to behave well and maintain good relationships with parents or other authority figures in their lives. Oppositional Defiant Disorder causes problems with anger and negative attitudes that are much more severe than typical adolescent behaviors.

While Oppositional Defiant Disorder is most common in children and adolescents, adults can also experience it. Adults with ODD also display patterns of negative, angry, and defiant behaviors. For both children and adults, Oppositional Defiant Disorder can prove disruptive at home and in professional settings, such as school or work. Difficulty managing anger and defiant behaviors can also hinder social relationships, which creates even more challenges and complications for individuals with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

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Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Symptoms of ODD revolve around angry and irritable moods, argumentative and defiant behavior, and feelings of vindictiveness. Though children and adults have similar experiences with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, their symptoms often present themselves in different ways.

For children and teenagers, Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms include frequent episodes of anger and irritability, a short temper, and repeated behaviors of spite, resentment, or vindictiveness. Adolescents with ODD are more argumentative than their peers and frequently get into fights with the adults and authority figures in their lives. Kids with ODD might also habitually ignore or disregard rules; intentionally upset, annoy, or anger those around them; and find ways to blame others for their mistakes or misbehavior.

The general symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder—anger, defiance, and vindictiveness—are the same for adults. However, specific symptoms vary from those of adolescent ODD. In adults, Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms can include impatience, a low frustration tolerance, and a strong disrespect for authority figures.

It’s important to note that one or two of these symptoms on their own don’t necessarily indicate Oppositional Defiant Disorder. However, experiencing multiple symptoms over a period of several months can be a sign of ODD and the need for ODD Behavior Treatment.

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Adults

Adults with ODD might feel angry with the world or believe that they are misunderstood or disliked by their peers and loved ones. Problems with authority can present themselves as excessive defensiveness, an inability to take feedback, or difficulty following rules and meeting expectations at home or at work.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder often presents more serious consequences for adults. In children, the desire to defy authority and break rules can result in being grounded or getting detention at school. In adults, those same behaviors can result in breaking the law or putting yourself and those around you in danger. Feelings of anger and defiance can also hinder your ability to keep a job or harm your romantic, platonic, and familial relationships.

Causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Like many Mental Health Disorders, there’s no singular cause of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. A variety of factors, such as genetics, childhood experiences, environment, and personality, can lead to the development of ODD in children.

Family history and neural irregularities are two potential causes of Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Individuals with a family history of depression or ADHD have a higher chance of developing ODD as children. Irregularities in brain patterns—such as differences in the parts of the brain that regulate impulse control, problem-solving, empathy, and social behavior—are also linked to ODD.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder can also stem from problems at home or in early childhood. Neglectful or overly strict parents, negative reinforcement for problematic behaviors, social rejection, and abuse can all influence the development of ODD during childhood.

Most adults with ODD developed the condition in adolescence but never sought or received Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy, causing the disorder to continue into adulthood.

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Complications of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Several other Mental Health Disorders or challenges can occur alongside Oppositional Defiant Disorder, including:
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Disorders
  • Struggles with Anger Management
Behavioral Therapy for ODD is necessary to alleviate symptoms, improve anger management skills, and treat or prevent comorbid behaviors and disorders.

Techniques in Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy

When building Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy plans, Licensed Clinical Psychologists use a variety of treatment modalities to address the specific needs of each patient.

Individual therapy models, such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, help clients work through angry thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to establish healthier and more constructive patterns of thinking. Individual therapy is an effective way of helping patients better regulate their emotions, improve stress and anger management skills, and relieve challenges with relationships, work, and other aspects of life.

A Licensed Clinical Psychologist can also help with social skills training and cognitive problem-solving training, both of which aim to improve necessary skills that strengthen communication and promote positive behaviors and thought patterns.

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Find Comprehensive Oppositional Defiant Disorder Therapy

At Blair Wellness Group, we offer ODD Behavior Treatment as part of an evidence-based, customized treatment plan that caters to your unique needs and experiences. Dr. Blair treats patients with the expertise and compassion necessary to work through Oppositional Defiant Disorder and its symptoms so that you can improve your relationships, better regulate emotions, and establish a sense of confidence and fulfillment in your day-to-day life.

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