Adolescent/Teen Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Is your adolescent/Teenager in Bucks County, PA showing signs of extremely poor behavior?  Adolescents with Oppositional Defiant Disorder can wreak havoc on their families’ lives. By the time families find us, they are often traumatized, with marriages hanging on by a thread or other children being affected. Proactive therapy can improve your family life and salvage your adolescent’s future. 

Signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder include:

  • Vandalization of the home or public property
  • Problems with local law enforcement, including arrest
  • Suspension or expulsion from school
  • inappropriate phone or computer activity
  • Running away from home
  • Substance abuse

The DSM-5 lists the following diagnostic symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder:

  • Short temper
  • Agitation, anger and resentment 
  • Lack of compliance with authority
  • Deliberately annoying or upsetting people
  • Blaming others for one’s own mistakes
  • Spiteful or vindictive behavior

The severity of Oppositional Defiant Disorder varies based on how many settings – for instance, home, school, or work – this behavior appears in. In mild cases, symptoms show up only in one setting; in moderate cases, symptoms occur in at least two settings; in severe cases, symptoms occur in three or more settings.

Our Approach

We typically begin with an intake evaluation to determine what level of care the adolescent/teen and family require; this varies greatly depending on the severity of the circumstances. In the most severe cases – wherein the safety of the patient or family is threatened – we will recommend the adolescent/teen go to a treatment center for 30 or more days. Our independent rehabilitation consultants can help the family navigate through their treatment center options.

In severe cases where the family decides not to send the adolescent/teen to a treatment center, we can recommend homeschooling services and coaches and assign a Recovery Coach to keep things calm at home. Depending on the specific circumstances, it may be necessary to suspend phone, computer, car, social media, or socializing privileges. Our goal is to remove parents from the role of disciplinarian and place ourselves in that position; these things are negotiated between therapist and the patient.  The purpose of this is to salvage the parent/adolescent relationships and begin to heal the damage that was done during the critical time before seeking professional treatment. We may recommend physical activity to release aggression, such as personal training, equestrian therapy, hiking, yoga or boxing.

In less severe cases, the client can see a therapist on an outpatient basis and we can utilize the above-mentioned personnel and techniques as needed.

When medications are necessary, our staff psychiatrist will prescribe them appropriately. 

Call our offices today to set up an appointment with a therapist if one of your loved ones is struggling with oppositional defiant disorder in Bucks County, Pa.