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How is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) treated?

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Treatment for ODD in children can include:

  • Psychotherapy: Also called talk therapy, this teaches your child problem-solving skills and better ways to express and control anger. A type of therapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy aims to reshape the child's thinking to improve behavior. A specialized therapy called parent management training teaches parents ways to support a child ODD.
  • Medication: No drug is approved to treat ODD. But medication may sometimes be used to treat other mental illnesses that may be present, such as ADHD or depression.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)."

KidsHealth: "What Is ADHD?"

healthychildren.org: "Disruptive Behavior Disorders."

 

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 22, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)."

KidsHealth: "What Is ADHD?"

healthychildren.org: "Disruptive Behavior Disorders."

 

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 22, 2020

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