Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

It is totally normal, and even expected, for children and teens to test boundaries and defy authority every now and then. However, if the young person is displaying behavior that is excessive for their age and lasts longer than six months it may be oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). ODD is a behavior disorder that is characterized by a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance and/or vindictiveness toward authority figures that disrupts activities school and/or home. ODD can vary is severity, from mild to severe, and typically begins to emerge during early childhood.  Therapy for ODD can help the child develop more effective coping skills and can also be helpful for parents struggling to parent a child with ODD.  If a child in your care is suffering from ODD (or you think they might be), reach out to one of TherapyDen’s ODD experts today.

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I love working with "naughty" children. Not because I enjoy seeing parents stressed out - I understand how taxing it can be to parent a strong willed child. Rather, I love working with these families because I have seen over and over again the radical shift in parents lives when they learn PCIT and how to channel their child's defiance against them into resilience and perseverance with them. "Naughtiness" is just a sign that peace and warmth can come back to the family with PCIT.

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I have a history of working with children with ODD and their parents. I work with both the client and their family to help them understand how to better communicate their needs to reduce fighting, aruging, and tears.

— Trevor Barger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Springfield, MO

I have been trained in curriculums, intervention, and parenting practices that are aimed at assisting children experiencing and displaying anger, defiance, and/ or ADHD symptoms.

— Alexis Bird, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bakersfield, CA

Research has consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for treating children 2-7 years of age with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

— Christopher Campbell, Psychologist in Oklahoma City, OK

I have experience working in a school- based setting and offered crisis support to children and teens with a history of behavioral problems. Used the nationally recognized Teaching Family Model to assist youth with learning social skills, anger management, goal setting and basic living skills.

— Andrea Mooradian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gig Harbor, WA

When children act out persistently so that it causes serious problems at home, in school, or with peers, they may be diagnosed with ODD. For younger children, the treatment with the strongest evidence is behavior therapy training for parents, where a therapist helps the parent learn effective ways to strengthen the parent-child relationship and respond to the child’s behavior. Dr. Edwards provides behavioral parent training online.

— Dr. Kristin Edwards, Psychologist in Tampa, FL

I have worked for over a year with adolescents and families with an ODD diagnosis. Behavioral interventions, parent-child interaction therapy, and parenting classes are some of what I provide for my clients.

— Benita Tonti, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate