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Does Your Teenager Struggle With the Following?
A pattern of negative, hostile, and defiant behavior, outside the norm for children or teens of comparable age or development level, that lasts at least 6 months, wherein the following issues are observed:
Do the following apply to your teen?
Signs that YOU are dealing with an ODD Teen include the following:
There are many causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. A therapist and a doctor should be your first stop in trying to determine if, in actuality, your troubled teen has ODD, and what course of medical and/or therapeutic intervention should be taken. However, regardless of the final diagnosis, you should remember that your consistent attempts at good parenting, and at maintaining a strong, caring relationship, are among the most important things your troubled teen needs.
Don't give up on ODD Teens, and don't give up on yourself. It is important to realize that if your teen's defiance is, in actuality, caused by a disorder, not only are you not at fault, you may be one of the few authority figures in his/her life who has the unique relationship, love, and concern that can help him/her through the disorder.
Parents who struggle with ODD Teens can learn very powerful techniques in approaching the problems of defiance that are not traditionally understood by parents. Many parents who seek help for their defiant teens often have a similar response to the suggestion that they need to change themselves: "What?! I'm not the one with the problem!" We respond with the suggestion: learn additional skills to elicit the cooperation and respect of your defiant child, which include powerful crisis intervention strategies, appropriate limit-setting, and effective, consistent in-home structure.
Be VERY careful with intervention. If you choose to employ a residential program (RTC, Boot Camp, Wilderness Program, or Boarding School), make sure that the decision is made WITH the advice and consultation of a therapist AND an educational consultant. The wrong intervention could be catastrophic, waste money and time, and fail to produce the long-term results you are hoping to see.
Be certain that the intervention you choose builds, rather than destroys your ODD Teen's self esteem, instilling life-long positive change while dealing with the core issues of his/her disorder.
An abusive or overly restrictive setting may not build the confidence and self-esteem your ODD teen needs, and may actually be counter-productive in dealing with ODD issues.
Many parents choose to pursue interventions that address the symptoms of deeper ODD issues. Attacking the symptoms will drive the destructive behaviors underground - only to resurface at a later date. This approach wastes valuable time and resources and may even make things worse.
You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to take action. We have vast experience in the treatment care industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't.
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