Does bad parenting cause ODD?
Research suggests that ODD results from a combination of a biologic (possibly genetic) vulnerability and environmental factors
Brain scans demonstrate differences in areas related to judgment and impulse control in people with ODD.
There is an association between harsh, punitive, rigid parenting and ODD, and there is also an association between ODD and “laissez-faire” parenting with no expectations or supervision.
Do children outgrow ODD?
Research suggests that most children with a diagnosis of ODD will grow out of it, but may continue to show some concerning behaviors
A small but significant percentage of kids with ODD may later develop more severe symptoms consistent with conduct disorder.
These children are at risk for legal problems, school failure, and substance abuse
Is there a cure?
Children with ODD often respond very well to appropriate psychotherapy that includes regular appointments and intensive caregiver involvement– often without the need for medication.
Symptoms of ODD can be managed, so that some decrease, and some go away, but this requires the combined efforts of the child and parents
What is the difference between ODD and normal behaviors?
The signs and symptoms of ODD include behaviors that are commonly seen in children and adolescents, but the frequency, severity and intensity of these behaviors key to the diagnosis.
A child be must be much more oppositional than his peers to warrant an ODD diagnosis, and the behaviors must interfere with the child’s life and cause “clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.”
How long does treatment take?
Typically, the treatment of ODD can be several months or longer, depending on the severity of the case.
After this initial treatment, the child and family may return to the therapist intermittently for “booster sessions” to keep the tools learned to address the ODD behaviors “sharp.”
What medications are used to treat ODD?
There are no specific medications indicated in the treatment of ODD
Medication should not be used alone to treat ODDSometimes, medications can help treat other disorders that a child with ODD may also have
Sometimes, medications can help a child with ODD be capable of engaging in treatment by helping the child manage their anger and help the child’s frustration tolerance improve.