Monday, April 16, 2012


ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) is where a child has a disruptive and oppositional behavior usually directed towards authority figures like parents and teach ODD children are constantly disobedient and defiant and are often hostile. These children will refuse simple requests or chores and don not like to be given instructions or orders. They will at times blame others for their mistakes and can become angered or touchy. Children with ODD tend to engage in intentionally annoying behaviors and argue.

So how's it connected to ADHD?
ODD occurs in 40% of ADHD children. Some doctors say that ODD is way that ADHD children cope with frustration, stress and emotions associated with ADHD. Others say that ODD is tied with the impulsiveness of ADHD and they misbehave not intentionally but that they can't control their impulses. i have even found there's doctor''s that say ADHD children develop ODD because with the ADHD they tend to get to others, like annoying them or bother them and so get criticized a lot and get negative feedback. 

So, I haven't found a for sure reason that ADHD and ODD are connected, but I found some interesting and very understandable possibilities that doctors say are why they are connected a lot.

As for treating ODD, they don't generally use medicine. The most important thing to do is to get the child's ADHD well managed and to use as much positive reinforcement as possible.This means trying to focus on the positives things your child is accomplishing.

ADHD can be treated well but, getting ODD under control can take much time and hard work. But, can be managed as well.

This has been a great project and I want to thank me readers for giving me such great subjects to write my articles on! I hope it helps you better understand.

~S Overly

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