At Sovereign Health, we provide evidence-based treatment for teens with oppositional defiant disorder. Teens with oppositional defiant disorder can receive both mental health treatment as well as treatment for any co-occurring disorders they may have, including depression, substance addiction and other mental illnesses.
What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, is a disorder typically diagnosed in teens that is characterized by uncooperative, negative or confrontational behavior toward parents and authority figures. ODD affects from 1 to 16 percent of children and teens in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Symptoms of ODD
Teen ODD patients display excessive defiance around parents and other authority figures.
Common symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder include:
- Excessive arguing, particularly with adults and authority figures
- Refusal to respond to commands or comply with orders
- Blaming others for mistakes and refusing to accept responsibility
- Vindictiveness and spitefulness, fixating on revenge
- Frequent use of swearing and offensive language
- Easily irritated by or intentionally trying to upset others
- Frequent emotional outbursts and loss of temper
In order to be diagnosed with ODD, at least four of these symptoms must be present for six months and adversely affect the teen’s social or academic life. These symptoms cannot occur solely due to psychotic or mood disorders in teens, such as depression, although patients with ODD sometimes have co-occurring disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.
Because the symptoms only emerge under certain circumstances, ODD can sometimes be difficult to notice. As a result, it’s vital to gain a familiarity with some of its most common symptoms to diagnose ODD and get the proper treatment.