Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Hostile, disobedient, self-destructive, lonely, rebellious. Sound familiar? An estimated 10 percent of teen boys will develop these traits, which—when they are a young man’s most common state of being—can signify the onset of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). While most teenagers will no longer exhibit symptoms of ODD by the time they reach adulthood, the condition can create serious struggles for a teen in forming lasting relationships, succeeding in school, and maintaining a job.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
There are key patterns of behaviour in teens that are typically associated with ODD. These include:
- Rejecting rules and authority
- Sabotaging friendships
- Getting into frequent physical and verbal confrontations
- Throwing temper tantrums
- Speak without regard for consequences
- Appearing to be constantly annoyed
- Negative thought patterns
- Acting vengeful
- Resentful attitude
This type of conduct tends to isolate sufferers of ODD from others, because their irritability and rage makes them difficult to be around, even for their family members. ODD can also exist alongside other co-occurring disorders, like depression, anxiety, or ADHD, and can put teenagers at risk for experimentation with drugs and alcohol. It is crucial to confront these issues simultaneously in order to maximise chances of a full recovery and brighter future.
What Treatment Is Available?
Psychotherapy is typically recommended for young men struggling with ODD, particularly that which involves the parents as well. The Edge’s unique treatment approach includes group and individual counselling as well as updates for family members and referring health professionals. It is followed by a structured aftercare programme to ensure that our participants stay on track for recovery once they have successfully completed their therapy, intensive athletic training, and wilderness challenges. The programme takes place in our safe, secure campus with a full staff of accredited professionals. Situated in northern Thailand, it is miles away from the temptations that compel young men with ODD to engage in risky behaviours.