7 Ways to Manage Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children ...


Even though sometimes oppositional defiant disorder in children can be mistaken for disorders that share similar characteristics, like conduct disorder or even attention deficit disorder, this is a problem that affects from 6 to 10 percent of children. In order for a child to be diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), they should exhibit at least four or even more behaviors that are characteristic to this disorder (they often lose their temper, they argue with adults and authority figures, they blame others for their mistakes, they refuse to comply with adult requests, they deliberately annoy people and they are easily annoyed by others, they are angry, resentful, spiteful or vindictive) for six months or longer. Also, in order for those kids to be included in his category, there shouldn’t be an alternative explanation for their behavior (for example, a trauma that they’ve suffered). Parenting a child who suffers from ODD can be a real challenge, but studies have shown that the best treatment for it is a parent’s intervention. Here are a few very useful ways to manage oppositional defiant disorder in children that will help you discipline your little ones so that you can lessen their symptoms:

1. Respond without Anger

If you want to learn how to manage oppositional defiant disorder in children, one of the most important things you should do is to remain calm and respond without anger. Even though this may seem a bit hard to achieve at first, I’m sure that in time you will learn how to control your temper and how to not let your emotions cloud your judgment. Just acknowledge their behavior, tell them how you feel about the way they are behaving, explain to them how they should change it and simply end that argument. Try to resist arguing back and definitely avoid power struggles!

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