Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Friday, March 04, 2011

Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern by children and teens of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority figures. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Oppositional defiant disorder is a behavior condition that affects children and teens. Those who have it act negative, angry and defiant much more often than other people their age. These behaviors have a negative effect on the childs or teens relationships and ability to do well in school and at home.

Often, children and teens with this disorder:

Lose their temper

Argue with or defy adults

Refuse to follow rules, and

Blame others for their own mistakes or bad behavior

The exact cause is not known. There are several treatment options. Some focus only on the child; others also include the childs family and school.

Children can learn better ways to manage their anger. Families can learn to communicate better with each other. Parents can also learn to manage their childs behavior and to use discipline effectively.

In a treatment called cognitive behavior therapy, children and their families learn problem-solving skills and how to feel more positive.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.