Oppositional Defiant Disorder consists of a pattern of defiance and noncompliance to rules, expectations, and directions that often occurs at home and in the school. A child or teen with this diagnosis may be more argumentative, disrespectful, and engage in more rule-breaking behaviors than other children. The child or teen may be more irritable, lose their temper, cause trouble with others, and exhibit other behavioral problems. These behaviors can be extremely difficult and frustrating for parents to manage as well as create difficulties in school often leading to alternative class or school placements.
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder is a new diagnosis added by the American Psychiatric Association in recent years. The diagnosis addresses the oppositional and argumentative behaviors that are the core of Oppositional Defiant Disorder while additionally includes the explosive, aggressive, and destructive behaviors that some children and adolescents exhibit. This diagnosis also includes chronic irritability and agitation as a component of this presentation.
Counseling and Therapy
Counseling goals for children exhibiting defiant, destructive, and angry behaviors typically include:
- Establish an effective behavioral contract in the home with consequences and rewards that increase compliance and change negative behaviors
- Empower parents to take back authority in the home through behavioral planning and the creation of a strategic alliance with the child
- Help the family to avoid power struggles, nagging, name-calling, and other ineffective communication patterns
- Work with the child to explore and gain insight into behaviors and increase motivation for cooperation and healthy decision making
- Educate the child into thinking and calming strategies to reduce and control angry and destructive impulses
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