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
The rehab I went to was really good. I went to Avery's House. It was welcoming, accepting, and they really do care about us. It was literally a house so it didn't feel like a hospital or treatment center at all.
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.
Anxiety is the second most diagnosed mental disorder in children ages 3-17
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 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.
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
Avery's House promotes healing and growth through the work of our team and the excellence of our program.
Josh Lemieux – Admissions