Children aren’t always obedient, and they’re not always happy to do what you ask, but that behavior isn’t unusual. Two-year-olds throw small tantrums regularly, and young teens may raise a fuss when told to clean their room. But if your child experiences increased bouts of anger, disobedience, and rebellion, you may need to look into oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder treatment.
Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, and conduct disorder, or CD, can be very stressful for both the child and his or her parents. These two conditions are often recognized by defiant or aggressive behavior, and they can negatively affect a child’s life.
But what are these disorders, and what can be done? For more information about each disorder, read on. We’ll discuss common signs and symptoms of each and how to treat them.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Children and teens suffering from ODD have a tendency to be openly defiant against rules, authority figures, and other parameters. They often won’t follow directions and may become aggressive when presented with discipline or other rules. In other words, they fight firmly against being controlled in any way.
If your child or teen has ODD, they may often express anger or aggression, and they may be quick to irritation and annoyance. They might also go out of their way to upset others, including spiteful or malicious acts of vengeance. Most noticeably, they’ll question rules and authority figures.
ODD may be a result of social, biological, or psychological influences, and it can also be grouped with other disorders or conditions, such as ADHD, depression, or anxiety.
Conduct Disorder (CD)
While ODD is about fighting control, CD is more about a child causing harm without caring or understanding how his or her actions impact other people. A child may overstep boundaries and deliberately destroy property or act out violently.
Some of the minor signs of CD are bullying, lying, fighting, or vandalism, but they can progress into more violent, aggressive behavior, such as assault, arson, or animal cruelty.
Conduct disorder can also coexist with a number of different disorders, such as thought disorders, PTSD, or anxiety. CD can also come from various influences, such as trauma, child abuse, neglect, or brain damage.
How Should You Address These Behavior Disorders?
If you suspect your child has ODD or CD, the first step is to get him or her tested. At NeuroHealth Arlington Heights, we can provide a neuropsychological assessment so you know exactly what your child may be suffering from. Once we’ve determined the disorder, we can start building a support system to effectively treat your child.
We collaborate with a group of people so your child can receive proper treatment in all areas of his or her life. We work with teachers, parents, physicians, tutors, and specialized therapists to create a supportive environment and better the welfare of your child.
For more information about our CD or OCD treatment plans contact us today at (847) 754-9343.