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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

The LodeStone Center provides a variety of types of therapy for treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and other behavioral disorders. It is our goal of find a therapist that will best fit your needs and provide you with the best care possible. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a therapist, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at 847-802-4058.

What is ODD?

Many children and teens have difficulty with maintaining good behavior and relationships with their parents. For some children, however, their problems with authority, behavior, anger, and attitude go beyond “normal” adolescent angst and begin to interfere with their ability to function well in school and at home. Some may even land in trouble with the legal system. When behavior and defiance spiral out of control, the difficulty may be due to a condition called Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or “ODD”.

Symptoms of the Disorder:

These symptoms cause significant problems in school, home, or work life. These symptoms are not due to another disorder. A pattern of behavior lasting at least 6 months that includes 4 of the following:

Parents of children or teens with ODD or other behavioral disorders often feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and have a sense that managing the behavior of their child has become the dominant focus in their lives. A lack of progress is not a failure in parenting. Children experiencing these symptoms are often unaffected by the normal consequence and reward strategies typically used by parents and therapists. A behavior modification strategy often has to be quite creative to begin to help set therapeutic structure in the home.

Treatment Options:

Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as other behavioral disorders, is primarily behavioral in nature. It can be tremendously helpful to meet with a trained, objective child therapist for new ideas to implement in the home. It is often easier for them to “think outside of the box,” since they are not dealing with the stress and frustration that the parents face.

Can Therapy Work?

Yes!! A combination of approaches that focus on teaching both the child or teen and the parents new skill sets can be hugely beneficial. Children and teenagers have not often learned positive strategies for getting what they want, and dealing with anger and frustration. Parents are usually doing as well as anyone else would in their situation, but can often get much better results with a few new techniques and ideas based on behavioral research. With professional help, we can put all the pieces together for the best results and improvements in behaviors.

 

Telehealth Therapy for ODD:

Telehealth, or “teletherapy” is a highly effective method of accessing care that is particularly useful for people in remote work positions, those with transportation issues or for those that live a significant distance from a provider they would like to see. At times it can be difficult for parents to get children with behavioral issues to attend therapy sessions. Telehealth removes the obstacle of commute and allows them to complete therapy from home. It can also often feel more like a game being on a phone or tablet and that can encourage them to engage more freely. Our child therapists have extra training to make telehealth fun, engaging, and optimally therapeutic. Telehealth comprises approximately 60% of the care delivered by The LodeStone Center and we utilize one of the easiest to access and highest quality platforms for our telehealth calls (Zoom for Healthcare). It’s easy to use, secure and available on any computer, tablet or phone. Psychotherapy, counseling and medication management are all accessible through our telehealth option, and every provider at The LodeStone Center is available through telehealth. Our registration process is entirely online, and many services are available within a few days.

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding therapy for ODD and behavioral disorders, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our therapists. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, contact us today.