ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) Bergen County Counseling

In (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder, children show a pattern of defiant, hostile behavior to authority figures in their lives. These problems of defiance are particularly seen when children are hungry, stressed, or tired.

But, there is a difference between ODD and occasional disobedience. All children at one time or another will argue, talkback, be disrespectful, disobey their teachers, or ignore their parents. Oppositional behavior is a part of growing up and development of children and adolescents. However, oppositional behavior should become a concern if it is frequent and consistent.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is usually seen in multiple settings, but it is most notable at home or at school. A child with ODD symptoms should have a comprehensive evaluation. At Bergen Counseling, offers counseling for children with ODD and for those wondering if their child perhaps has ODD.

During this time, we will also look for other important disorders that may be present, such as: ADHD, learning disabilities, mood disorders, stress, or anxiety.

Signs of children experience Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) include:

  • Deliberately upsetting siblings or people
  • Blaming others for personal mistakes
  • Being annoyed easily
  • Hateful tones
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Excessive arguing with adult figureheads
  • Spiteful or vindictive behavior
  • Aggressiveness to peers
  • Difficulty having friendships
  • Academic disability

If you are concerned about you child’s behavior or your own ability to parent that child, we can help you. The earlier this disorder can be managed, the quicker and better the results.