Raising teenage children is definitely a difficult task, even for families that do not have major behavioral issues to deal with. Unfortunately, there are thousands of families who are dealing with problems that seemingly have no answer to them. Parents are often left feeling lost, devastated, hopeless and extremely frustrated when their teen displays behaviors that are far less than desirable.
Is Your Child’s Misbehaving Normal or Is It Related to ODD?
While all teens go through certain periods in their lives when they become openly defiant, there are some teens that display defiance to authority figures all the time. A teen that is unable to control their behaviors and becomes difficult to deal with can literally exhaust parents and teachers alike. When teens display erratic behaviors that seem to get worse, they may be suffering from a disorder known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD.
Many behavioral symptoms of ODD can be easily found in many teens. But, the teen with ODD will have numerous symptoms and definitely stand out in a crowd. ODD can be seen in children as young as the toddler stages. The behavioral patterns associated with this disorder are frustrating and only intensify with time and efforts to correct them. Some of the most common behavioral symptoms of ODD are:
• Fits of Rage and Anger
• Lack of Emotional Control
• Refusal to Accept Discipline
• Inappropriate Behaviors
• Constant Mood Swings
• Poor or Failing Grades
• Lying, Stealing, & Manipulation
• Participation in Illegal Activities
• Use of Drugs or Alcohol
These symptoms are only a few of the behavioral issues a teen with ODD openly displays. When dealing with an unruly teen that has an Oppositional Defiant Disorder, parents will start to feel completely exhausted as their efforts to correct unruly behaviors continually fail. This is because a child with ODD views discipline as a challenge, a battle they desperately feel the urge to win. The parents and teachers of a child with this disorder often allow the child to win disciplinary battles in an effort to avoid the inevitable problems that follow disciplinary measures.
Where to Find Help for Teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder
After parents have tried all they know to correct unwanted behaviors in their teens they often reach out for help. Unfortunately, many parents are unable to find the type of help that specifically addresses ODD. Many available resources simply do not recognize this disorder and its symptoms because they can be closely related to other disorders such as Bi-Polar disorder, ADD, ADHD and many other mental illnesses.
If you are the parent or guardian of a teen who displays ODD symptoms that have not been managed through counseling or other effort,s it is time to contact ParentResources.info for a free consultation. We have helped thousands of parents find the help they need for their teenage children. The first step in finding help is to take an honest look at what is going on in your child’s life. The second step is to reach out for help.
Dealing with the pain and frustration that goes hand in hand with ODD symptoms is overwhelming. That is why we are here to help. Take advantage of our free consultation and get the help your teen and family so desperately needs. Contact us today at http://parentresources.info and let us help you sort through all of the options available to you and your teen.