Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

ODD is defined as "a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness" in children and adolescents

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What is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)?

The behaviour of young people with ODD is characterised by the tendency to deliberately harass and irritate others. ODD is a disorder that occurs in children. It makes the person involved less flexible than his peers. As a result, he or she is less able to cope with changes. Also, young people with ODD are often frustrated, they quickly get upset and cannot cope well with setbacks. This causes tantrums and rebellious behaviour.

Every young person sometimes rebels. Only when the negative behaviour is not in accordance with age-related behaviour standards, occurs more often than average, damages the basic rights of others, has been occuring for a long time and is not caused by other circumstances, one can speak of ODD.

ODD differs from CD (conduct disorder) in a way that teenagers and young adults suffering from that disorder have a tendency to be aggressive towards people or animals, destroy other's property, and show a pattern of theft or deceit.

How we treat ODD

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics we help young people to deal with ODD in a pleasant way and to function positively in society. We do not look at the 'stamps' that young people were given in the past or at the things that young people 'cannot do' or 'do wrong', but rather at their talents and qualities. Yes We Can Youth Clinics strives to reduce any medication that the teenager or young adult already receives to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.

Need help with oppositional defiant disorder in teenagers or young adults?

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers and young adults struggling with ODD. Interested to learn more about Yes We Can Youth Clinics and our intake procedure? Please send us an e-mail using our contact form or call us at +31 (0)85 02 01 222.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. During the treatment there is also 4 days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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