Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Our guest to help us understand the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is Dr. Russell A. Barkley, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is the author of 21 books and manuals, including Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior and Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship.

Hit the Highlights
  • What type of behavior qualifies for Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?
  • How is conduct disorder related to ODD?
  • All kids can be oppositional at times; when does the degree of opposition exceed just general pigheadedness?
  • Are children with ADHD more likely to be diagnosed with ODD? Is it really ODD or just normal ADHD?
  • What causes have been identified for ODD?
  • Is there a genetic component to this disorder?
  • How does oppositional defiant disorder play out in the context of adoption?
  • Why are adopted children more likely to be diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
  • How common is ODD?
  • Do kids outgrow Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
  • How soon after adoption should a parent seek a diagnosis of ODD? How long should they wait?
  • Before seeking professional treatment, what should parents do?
  • When does ODD get bad enough to warrant treatment?
  • What parenting techniques work for children who are strong willed, defiant, or have been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder?
  • What are the 6 steps for a program to parent the strong willed or child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
  • What is the prognosis for success for treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
  • What parental characteristics correlate with successful treatment?
  • Are kids with ODD more likely to have relationship problems later in life, antisocial behavior, or addiction issues?

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