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More than “Being Difficult”: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Teens

More than “Being Difficult”: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Teens

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We all know the most common aspect of teenage girls: they’re difficult. Sometimes it is more than the common “difficult”, though. Oppositional defiant disorder in teens is characterized by frequent arguing, irritability, vindictiveness, anger, and defiance toward parents and other authority figures. If this sounds familiar, your daughter may need to be treated for oppositional defiant disorder in teens.

What is oppositional defiant disorder and how common is it?

From the US National Library of Medicine, oppositional defiant disorder in teens is “a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures.” The authority figures can be you–the parent–and teachers, other adults, etc. Consistent excessively hateful or uncooperative behavior is a serious concern that can affect parts of a teen’s academic, social, and family life.

Defiant and oppositional behavior is fairly common among young people, it’s what makes teenagers so difficult, but oppositional defiant disorder in teens is different. Some studies place the statistic at 1 to 20 percent of school age kids being affected by this disorder, but it is hard to pin down because of changing attitudes of what is considered “normal” behavior.  

Signs of oppositional defiant disorder

Figuring out the difference between regular behavior and behavior related to oppositional defiant disorder in teens can be a hard task for parents. From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, common signals of oppositional defiant disorder in teens include:

  • Excessive arguing with adults
  • Questions rules often
  • Frequent temper tantrums and outbursts
  • Actively defies or refuses to comply with adult rules and requests
  • Blames others for mistakes
  • Deliberately tries to upset or annoy others
  • Easily annoyed by others
  • Persistent anger and resentment
  • Revenge seeking and spiteful
  • Hateful or mean speech when upset

If you believe your child may be struggling with oppositional defiant disorder, it’s imperative to reach out for professional guidance. Ignored ODD can lead to many future complications in your child’s life and treating it as soon as possible will have the best effects.

Solstice East can help

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with anxiety, trauma, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.

For more info about how Solstice East treats oppositional defiant disorder in teens, please call 828-484-9946!