It can be disheartening when your child or adolescent has been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Parents can feel overwhelmed by the constant acting out behaviors of their children. There is help with the proper medication and therapy to treat ODD. A Psychiatrist and Therapist Team are essential to dealing with this diagnosis and having a firm plan to treat the symptoms.
Understanding your child’s behavior and helping them through it starts with being able to identify it. We understand that some behaviors are age-appropriate, but others may seem excessive. If you, a teacher, or another person in your child’s life brought up concerns around their behaviors, it might be time to talk with a P.S. Psychiatry professional for help.
Irritable Mood: Everyone gets cranky, especially children, but you’ve noticed that their mood goes above and beyond what you’d think is normal.
Argumentative: You feel like everything you say is met with an argument or battle. It’s rare that they don’t talk back.
Defiant: When you ask your child to do something, they typically do the opposite or fight back, avoiding the task altogether.
Aggressive: You see or are told that your child acts aggressively towards others, either verbally or physically.
Vindictive: When your child doesn’t get what they want, you find that they try to get back at you or others.
We understand that Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can be worrisome. You’ve probably already tried things to help your child too, but below are a few things that can help get them back on track to thrive.
Medication: A prescription from your P.S. Psychiatry provider can help reduce some of the symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Evaluation: A formal Neuropsychological Evaluation can be an important tool in helping you and your treatment team plan a path forward.
Therapy: Talking with a therapist is a great place for you and your child to learn strategies to cope with their bigger emotions and behaviors.
When you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen. Fill out the form below to get in touch with P.S. Psychiatry and schedule your appointment.