Oppositional Defiant Disorder

My Son Was Diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder…

In Parenting by Interconnected Lives

#1: Symptoms and Signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Before I begin talking about my experience, I want to make sure that you understand the symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Certainly, it’s almost impossible to tackle any disorder/disease without an accurate diagnosis and it can only be done by studying the symptoms and signs.

I also learned that the symptoms of this could disorder could notably vary from one person to another.

Behavioral Signs

  • Repeated and blatant disobedience
  • Seeking revenge and being spiteful
  • Willingly destroying friendships
  • Being reluctant to negotiate or compromise
  • Deliberate hostile behavior towards others
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  • Fighting
  • Arguing
  • Throwing temper tantrums repeatedly

Cognitive Signs

  • Failing to think before speaking
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Frequent frustration

Psychosocial Signs

  • Feelings of exasperation consistently
  • Persistent negativity
  • Lacking self-respect
  • Difficulty in making new friends

Well, at least 80% of these aforementioned symptoms prevailed in my son, but  fighting, arguing, rebelling, outbursts of temper, lack of concentration and having difficulty in making new friends (which I pointed out earlier) were relatively more prominent. I was terrified to be honest.

After all, these symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder can easily lead to severe complications in lives.

However, this entire experience made me stronger and taught me not to panic in any situation. I wasn’t making it any better by panicking, so I decided to take action.

If you notice such symptoms in any child you know, it’s recommended that you seek professional help as soon as you can. There are no specific treatments, but you can try to remain calm and understand how to heal the child.