16 April 2013
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a disorder in which children appear very stubborn and often angry reflecting behaviors such as frequent temper tantrums, arguing, defiance, non-compliance, externalizing blame, vindictiveness, and other behavior problems. In order to treat ODD patients, both the parents and children must take action to seek therapy and talk to a counselor in order control a child’s behavior. The best therapy for ODD is probably group and family therapies.
Group therapies do not provide the same degree of therapist involvement with each client; however, it saves therapists’ time and clients’ money and it often is no less effective than individual therapy. Group therapy is suggested by therapists for people who have behaviors that are distressing to others. Thus, people with ODD would fit well in this scenario. For up to 90 minutes a week, the therapist guides the interactions of 6 to 10 people as they engage issues and react to one another. Group sessions help and allow people to realize that there are people out there who have similar problems and discover that they’re not alone. Thus, it would be easier for ODD patients to work together with people who also have the same problems.
For family therapies, family therapists work with family groups to heal relationships and to mobilize family resources. They aim to help family members discover the role they play within their family’s social system. A child’s rebellion affects and is affected by other family tensions. Thus, family therapists also attempt to open up communication within the family or to help family members discover new ways of preventing or resolving conflicts. This may help children who are dealing with ODD how to control their temper and tantrum problems. Therapists can teach parents how to deal with tantrums and how to resolve them better.
Group and family therapies with help an ODD child...