Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Specialists

Compassionate Psychologists, Therapists, and Psychiatrists in Southlake and Flower Mound, Texas.

Empowering Parents, Transforming Lives

Challenging behaviors in children are a part of growing up, but when patterns of anger, defiance, and vindictiveness persist, it could be a sign of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). At Dr. Messina & Associates in Southlake, Texas, and Flower Mound, Texas, we provide comprehensive testing and treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children and adolescents, offering relief to concerned parents like you.

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Specialists Q & A

Unlocking Understanding: What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a behavior disorder that often emerges in early childhood, typically around ages 2-3. However, it can also develop during the teenage years. Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder tend to display defiant and hostile behaviors towards parents, teachers, and other authority figures. Interestingly, Oppositional Defiant Disorder tends to be more burdensome for parents and teachers than for the child themselves.
Recognizing Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms is vital, as they may resemble signs of other conditions, such as mood or anxiety disorders. The most accurate way to confirm an Oppositional Defiant Disorder diagnosis for your child is through a psychological evaluation conducted by our trained professionals at Dr. Messina & Associates.

Common signs in children include:

  • Frequent Temper Tantrums
  • Arguing With Adults
  • Refusal to Comply With Adult Requests
  • Deliberate Efforts to Upset or Annoy Others
  • Challenging Authority and Flouting Rules
  • Blaming Others for Their Mistakes or Misbehavior
  • Frequent Irritability and Annoyance
  • Acts of Spite and Vindictiveness

While it’s normal for young children to occasionally lose their temper or question authority, children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder exhibit these behaviors more frequently and intensely than their peers. In severe cases, Oppositional Defiant Disorder behaviors manifest consistently at home, in school, and with friends.

Compassionate Expertise: Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

At Dr. Messina & Associates, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children and teens. Our process begins with a comprehensive psychological evaluation to understand your child’s unique needs fully.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder treatment varies based on your child’s age and the severity of the disorder. Typically, we recommend a combination of parent behavioral training and individual and family therapy. Our approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder learn effective anger management, impulse control, and improved communication.

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Embracing Hope: Navigating ODD Together as a Family

Early diagnosis and intervention are key to preventing future challenges related to Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). If your child displays defiant and vindictive behaviors towards peers and authority figures, reach out to Dr. Messina & Associates today. Call or book an appointment online, and together, we can empower your child to thrive.

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