Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) Treatment

For adolescents 11-18 years old

  • Understand how teen Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) Treatment works
  • Learn to cope and manage it
  • Get the relief you need
  • Make positive change that lasts
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Avery’s House is an inpatient child and teen mental health therapy center in Arizona. We offer therapy for teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). We help families in Arizona and all over the United States. Our focus is on children and teens aged 11 to 18. Our treatment plans are put together specifically for each individual. No two teens are exactly alike. Their treatment plans should reflect that.

Information for Parents

Many teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

and Conduct Disorder (CD) have an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder. The most common is ADHD. Learning disabilities and mood disorders could also be co-occurring disorders. The best option is to treat the co-occurring disorder simultaneously as ODD.

Learning more about ODD will help parents be better equipped to help their teens. Some other things that can be helpful include:

  • Setting clear expectations and rules and enforcing them consistently.
  • Creating a routine and sticking to it as much as possible.
  • Parents and caregivers work together to have consistent parenting.
  • Choose your battles carefully. Engaging in power struggles will reinforce negative behavior and damage relationships.

Information for Parents

Many teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) have an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder. The most common is ADHD. Learning disabilities and mood disorders could also be co-occurring disorders. The best option is to treat the co-occurring disorder simultaneously as ODD.

Learning more about ODD will help parents be better equipped to help their teens. Some other things that can be helpful include:

  • Setting clear expectations and rules and enforcing them consistently.
  • Creating a routine and sticking to it as much as possible.
  • Parents and caregivers work together to have consistent parenting.
  • Choose your battles carefully. Engaging in power struggles will reinforce negative behavior and damage relationships.
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Treatment for ODD

Teens with a history of ODD have a higher risk of developing mood disorders or mental health issues as adults. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible for ODD.

Medication is not recommended for a teen with only an ODD diagnosis. Medications can help treat co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD.

Therapy Options

Therapy options are the most effective way to help teens with ODD. If symptoms are noticed in early childhood, the focus is mostly on parent training. Family and individual therapy become the focus when symptoms continue into the teen years.

Parent Management Training

Parent Management Training helps parents learn the necessary skills to manage and guide behavior in a healthy way. This includes learning to parent in positive, consistent ways. Effective discipline methods are included in the training.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

This style of therapy has a skilled therapist observing the parents and children interacting. The therapist can coach parents through an earpiece during the session. The therapists help parents by encouraging positive behaviors. They also teach ways to reduce unwanted behaviors. The parent and child relationship improves, and parents learn effective parenting techniques.

Individual Therapy

Teens attending individual therapy can learn important life management skills. This includes learning positive ways to deal with anger and stress. They will also learn how to manage their emotions and express their feelings healthily.

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is focused on recognizing and changing thought patterns. A person’s internal thoughts affect their feelings and then their behavior. Learning how to recognize false harmful thoughts and change them helps teens change their behavior patterns.

Some benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy for children and teens include:

  • Recognizing and interrupting negative thoughts and behaviors
  • Reduce and eliminate fears and phobias
  • Create positive responses to stress
  • Improve communication with others
  • Improve self-esteem

Family Therapy

This therapy brings multiple family members together for the therapy session. It can help family members improve communication with one another. It also improves relationships in the family.

During the sessions, family members can talk about roles and behavior patterns. This can help identify issues that may cause conflict and how to fix them together. Families can also identify the strengths and weaknesses they need to work on.

What is Conduct Disorder?

Conduct Disorder is another behavioral disorder that can affect children and teens. Children and teens with conduct disorder have difficulty following rules. They do not respect the rights of others. They also have difficulty showing empathy and may have violent behavior problems.

Symptoms of Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe. These symptoms are in four different categories and some general symptoms.

Violation of Rules

This is serious rule-breaking, not running in the hallway. The rule-breaking goes against accepted social behavior. It could also be behavior that is not appropriate for the teens’ age group. This can include:

  • Skipping school before the age of 13
  • Running away from home
  • Staying out way past curfew at a young age
  • Trespassing
  • Using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs at a young age
  • Being sexually active at a young age
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Destructive Behavior

This includes intentionally vandalizing someone else’s property. Sometimes they will deliberately set fires to cause damage.

Deceitful Behavior

  • Repeated lying to get stuff or favors or to avoid things they are supposed to do
  • Shoplifting
  • Breaking into homes or cars
  • Manipulating others

Aggressive Behavior

  • Bullying
  • Threatening and intimidating others
  • Enjoys being cruel to other people
  • Is physically cruel to other people and animals
  • Using weapons
  • Starting fights
  • Stealing from a victim while hurting them
  • No remorse for hurting someone
  • No attempt to hide aggressive behavior

General Symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Lack of empathy toward others
  • Trouble showing emotions to others
  • Disobeying parents or authority figures
  • Learning difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Blaming others for poor performance at school

Causes of Conduct Disorder

Similar to ODD, the cause of conduct disorder is not always known. There are many different risk factors associated with conduct disorder, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Childhood or adolescent trauma
  • Subjected to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Lack of adult supervision
  • Exposure to violence
  • Poor parenting, lack of parent involvement, neglect
  • Living in poverty
  • Poor nutrition
  • Biological parent with substance use disorders, ADHD, depression, or bipolar disorder
  • Parents involved in criminal activities
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Effects of Conduct Disorder on Teens

If conduct disorder goes untreated, teens will face many possible problems in adulthood. Conduct disorder can develop into an antisocial personality disorder.

Other long-term effects can be:

  • Increased academic failure
  • Substance use disorders
  • Poor relationships with others
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Legal problems, possibly jail time
  • Additional mental health disorders

Helpful Information for Parents of Teens With Conduct Disorder

Parenting a child with conduct disorder can be overwhelming, especially if they face a co-occurring disorder like ADHD or anxiety. The first thing to do is learn as much as possible about conduct disorder and treatment options.

Create a set of realistic house rules and address some of the child’s/teen’s behavior problems. Keep the list short and post them somewhere in the house.

Being consistent with the rules and consequences is extremely important. When parents give in, it sends the message that rules are optional.

Consider taking parent management training to help build new skills.

Remember that changing behavior patterns will take time.

Treatment for Conduct Disorder

Medication is not often used to treat conduct disorder. If the child or teen is facing a co-occurring disorder, medication may be used to treat the other disorder while getting therapy for conduct disorder.

Therapy Options for Conduct Disorder

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Parent Management Training, as described above, are good therapy options for conduct disorder. Multiple therapy options might be needed depending on the severity of the case.

Functional family therapy is a specific type of therapy recommended for conduct disorder. The priorities in this therapy are:

  • Reducing negativity inside of the home
  • Improving communication skills between family members
  • Increasing support skills between family members

Multisystemic therapy is an intensive form of therapy. This includes family members and the community. This is directed toward youth with behavior problems and criminal offenses. The family has a specific therapist available all the time to help with issues.

The therapist can use multiple therapy options to help the teen with their behavior issues. Therapists also help empower the parents and help them find their strengths. They can help the family develop community support systems.

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Avery’s House Can Help Your Teen

Mental health issues are hard for adults to work through. It can be even harder on children and teens. At Avery’s House, we provide help for children and teens from 11 to 18 years old.

We offer a variety of therapy types and will put together a plan to meet the individual needs of your child/teen. In our non-judgemental program, teens can learn life skills to improve emotional, communication, and empathy skills.

We offer family therapy and other programs to keep you involved and supported. We have family support groups. Family members can also visit the facility once each week.

Anyone attending our residential program will also keep up with their academic studies. They will not fall behind in school.

Avery’s House accepts most insurance plans. We can verify your coverage for you.

No one should face mental health issues alone, especially children and teens. We will support the whole family while helping your teen. Please contact us today.

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