Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Does your child look like this??
All children have their "special moments". That is those times when they are too tired, too frustrated or too over-stimulated to cope with life's travails.  After all, a child's frontal cortex that gives them the ability to think through these critical issues won't mature until they're in their 20's. 
But for some, these times of extreme behavior are ongoing and result in a rigid inability to cope, creating a defiant attitude and a refusal to follow rules. They might lash out in an attempt to hurt themselves or others and end up very unhappy in their relationships and lives. Their self-esteem plummets. For parents this is particularly difficult as reasoning with this type of child is difficult and the child might even lash out at those who are trying to help them the most.
For those who are worried their child might suffer from Oppositional Defiant Disorder, here is a list of symptoms to watch for:
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Excessive arguing with adults
  • Often questioning rules
  • Active defiance and refusal to comply with adult requests and rules
  • Deliberate attempts to annoy or upset people
  • Blaming others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
  • Often being touchy or easily annoyed by others
  • Frequent anger and resentment
  • Mean and hateful talking when upset
  • Spiteful attitude and revenge seeking

But take heart, there is an answer. For these children there is help. brainAdvantage therapies give them the tools to cope and the ability to calm the area of the brain that controls fight or flight and let's them control their behaviors.

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