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ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder

When I was in my post residency child and adolescent fellowship, I was content to use this label. It made me feel I had control of a child's problem. But that is the challenge in parenting a child who is oppositional; you do not feel you have control. And this label does not really help you much.

While every child is occasionally a little oppositional, some youth have mastered the ability to argue, talk back, disobey, and defy adults. When it is more common than their peers and it is not occurring during the age of 24-36 months, you may have to look a little deeper.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile feelings and actions toward authority figures. It is not just a bad day, but also a pattern that undermines the child's functioning.

And these youth can really test your sense of competence as a parent. They can have rages, debate like a college philosopher, reject limits and reasonable rules, possess a constant anger, enjoy revenge, try to annoy you and last but not least—they refuse to accept responsibility for all of the above.

Some feel the causes of this problem are unknown. I do not agree. I just feel there are too many causes to put in a short article. So I decided to select the most common 100 causes and solutions and post them on my site.

Happy reading: www.personalconsult.com/articles/outofcontrolyouthexcerpts.html

Dr. J

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