How do medications treat oppositional defiant disorder?

Because it is a behavioral condition, behavior modification is the most effective (and most widely used) treatment for oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). A therapist or psychologist who specializes in treating children will manage the family counseling used to treat ODD. However, in some cases medication may be necessary. This is often true when ODD occurs together with other conditions, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression. In some cases, the symptoms of ODD are actually related to depression. When this is the case, appropriate treatment and medication for the depression is required.

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

If your child or teen has a persistent pattern of disobedience and hostility toward authority figures for at least 6 months, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Some symptoms associated with ODD are being argum...

entative with adults, easily losing the temper, acting aggressively towards peers, persistently being in trouble at school, being touchy or easily annoyed and refusing to follow an adults directions or rules. ODD can be present from early childhood to after puberty and is much more common in boys. The causes for ODD vary and can be a mix of psychological, social and biological issues. It may be difficult to see the difference between ODD and childhood argumentativeness and moodiness. Treatments include individual and family therapy, and medication may be prescribed for mental health conditions related to ODD.
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