Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) Treatment For Troubled Teens

It’s part of the teen stereotype–rebellious, defiant and resistant to input from parents and teachers. However, when teens take this behavior to the extreme, it may be a sign of a serious behavioral condition known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). It’s a condition that goes beyond the occasional fight or mood swing that is typical in adolescents who are striving for independence from their parents.

ODD can result in some serious behavioral problems and have a negative impact on relationships, mental health and ultimately the teen’s future. When it comes to therapy, therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers offer some of the best options for parents. Sundance Canyon Academy specializes in helping teens with ODD and welcomes families from across the country.

What is ODD?

Oppositional defiant disorder is a condition of extreme defiance, extending over a period of months and has a negative effect on a teen’s relationships at home, school and work. It is often characterized by aggression and verbal abuse, defiance and vengeance. Many parents become afraid of their teen, or adjust their own behaviors to accommodate the defiant teen’s moods.

While most medical experts agree that the first signs of ODD present during preschool years, sometimes parents and teachers don’t know enough about the condition to recognize it. When a teen has gone undiagnosed with ODD, it can really harm family relationships, social situations, school efforts and employment. Recognizing ODD in teens is important in order to get them the professional treatment they need to overcome the challenges of the condition.

Here are some of the common signs of ODD in teens:

  • Frequent outbursts
  • Severe mood swings
  • Extreme anger
  • Resentful
  • Constant irritability
  • Arguing with authority figures
  • Deliberately annoying or pestering
  • Open defiance
  • Delights in breaking rules
  • Refusal to comply with rules
  • Blames others for mistakes
  • Vengeful or vindictive actions
  • Easily annoyed by others

Any parents that notice this kind of behavior over a period of several months, with the situation getting worse and not better, should contact a specialist for help, like a doctor, a counselor, a therapist or child development expert. There are few things that parents can do on their own to help a child with ODD, so the sooner treatments are in place, the better it is for the troubled teen.

Treatment for ODD

As medical professionals and researchers have gained better understanding of oppositional defiant disorder, the treatments have improved greatly. Using a combination of therapy, rehabilitation and sometimes medicine, teens with ODD are finding great success in long-term residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools.

Treating oppositional defiant disorder may also mean treating a number of other conditions that often appear in teens like ADHD. Long-term rehabilitation centers and teen help facilities are best equipped to provide comprehensive, effective treatments for teens with all kinds of challenges. Sundance Canyon Academy has experienced staff members, including professional therapists, who know how to help troubled teens.

How Can Sundance Canyon Academy Help?

Sundance Canyon Academy  provides a stable and safe place for teens who suffer with ADD to start a new chapter in life. Professional staff members supervise and interact with teens in a structured atmosphere, where self-worth is emphasized and everyone contributes to the community.

Licensed and experienced therapists provide individual and group therapy for those with ODD and they work with each teen to get to the root of the problems, and develop strategies for overcoming them. Students at Sundance Canyon Academy also benefit from life skills classes, recreational therapy and academic classes so that they continue to develop and grow in positive ways. significantly improve symptoms.

Families also receive counseling and training on how to rebuild relationships with the troubled teen and establish positive family interactions after months or years of negative associations and unhealthy relationships. It is possible for teens with ODD to develop the skills they need to achieve success.