Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Help for ODD Starts Here

Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder

It can be disheartening when your child or adolescent has been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Parents can feel overwhelmed by the constant acting out behaviors of their children. However, with the proper therapy to treat ODD, many of the symptoms can be reduced or totally extinguished, allowing you and your child to live a calmer life.

Understanding Your Child’s Behaviors

Understanding your child’s behavior and helping them through it starts with being able to identify it. We understand that some behaviors are age-appropriate, but others may seem excessive. If you, a teacher, or another person in your child’s life brought up concerns around their behaviors, it might be time to talk with a local therapist at Ally Psychological Services for help.

Signs & Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder​

Irritated child

Irritable Mood

Everyone gets cranky, especially children, but you’ve noticed that their mood goes above and beyond what you’d think is normal.


You feel like everything you say is met with an argument or battle. It’s rare that they don’t talk back.


When you ask your child to do something, they typically do the opposite or fight back, avoiding the task altogether.

Aggressive young boy


You see or are told that your child acts aggressively towards others, either verbally or physically.
Mother and daughter


When your child doesn’t get what they want, you find that they try to get back at you or others.

Therapy for Oppositional Defiant Disorder​

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We understand that Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can be worrisome. You’ve probably already tried things to help your child, but aren’t seeing the results you’d like. If you’re ready for change, we’re ready to help. Therapists at Ally Psych are ready to help you and your family regain control over your home, and you’re child’s behaviors.

Common Questions about Oppositional Defiant Disorder​ (ODD)

Providing Answers About ODD

If you think your child has ODD, a Psychiatrist or Psychologist can conduct the necessary evaluation and give a diagnosis.

It’s important to address several factors with ODD. Family-based therapy is helpful for ODD, and the child/adolescent may benefit from having their own therapist too.

ODD improves over time for many children. Follow-up studies have shown that with appropriate support, the signs and symptoms of ODD resolve within three years in approximately 67% of the children diagnosed with this disorder.

There is no known cause for ODD. Contributing causes may be a combination of inherited and environmental factors.

It is important for parents to have support from a therapist who specializes in ODD to understand how to and how not to react to their child.

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