Home » Troubled Teen Help » About Oppositional Defiance Disorder

About Oppositional Defiance Disorder

A simplistic description of Oppositional Defiance Disorder is when a teenager: “Constantly disobeys his parents and is basically stuck in an outwardly nasty mood when around anyone in authority.”

Such behavior is normal to a degree in most teenagers, but when it gets out of hand and starts to affect your home and his or her education (with conflicts with other students and teachers) it may be a more serious disorder that needs to be taken care of.

Here are some symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Vindictive: Looks for ways to get vengeance
  • Defiant: Seemingly enjoys acts of defiance
  • Projecting Blame: Blames others for their behavior
  • Disruptive: Intentionally upsets others
  • Visible Anger: Bad temper, fits
  • Conflict: Continual arguing with anyone in authority

If you notice your child is behaving excessively in these areas, it is a good chance they have ODD. Do not ignore these systems. If they are not addressed they can get worse and create major problems for you and your child’s future, including problems with authorities, acts of violence, or self-destructive behavior.

What to do if you suspect your child has ODD

If you notice your child is presenting these symptoms, you should first have your child see a trained counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Have your child evaluated to determine if it is ODD, or possibly a hormone or chemical imbalance. Physical tests may be required. Your child may also have a learning disorder, a drug or alcohol addiction, he or she could be encountering a bully in school, or it could be due to hidden abuse (current or past). It is important to know the root cause of the problem and treat that, not medicate the behavior.

How to handle your teen with ODD

Ways to handle ODD include training for the parents to help them learn how to manage their child. A psychiatrist can determine is medications are required. And if there are medical or drug abuse issues, they can be treated. Concerning abuse, that is often a major factor in ODD and may require years of counseling to work through.

If things get so out of hand between the parents and teen that a break is needed for everyone involved, the parents may want to consider a therapeutic boarding school. Such schools have professional counselors on staff and know how to best deal with ODD teens.

Therapeutic boarding school programs are set up to specifically deal with ODD in teens on a daily basis. They can also help teach and encourage the parents, provide regular counseling for the teen and give time for proper medications to take hold.


We can also help you in your search for other troubled teen schools, boarding schools with therapy or affordable schools. This list of the best therapeutic boarding schools providing troubled teens with the help and counseling troubled teens need, serving teens in Texas, in California, in Oregon and in Washington. Our best therapeutic boarding school also span the West Coast including Arizona, in New Mexico, in Oklahoma and in Nevada, as well as in Arkansas, in Kentucky, in Tennessee, in Missouri, in Iowa, and in Louisiana. We list the best therapeutic boarding schools in Mississippi, in Michigan, in Ohio, in Indiana, in Wisconsin and in Illinois in the Central States and Midwest, plus in Montana, in North Dakota, in Minnesota, and in Georgia, in Florida, in Virginia, in New York, in North Carolina, in Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey, in Massachusetts, in Rhode Island, in Maine and in Vermont along on the East Coast. Our list includes all all the best girls therapeutic boarding schools and the best all-boy therapeutic boarding schools. This therapeutic boarding school directory can help your teenager who is defiant, breaking laws, or otherwise behaving badly. Misbehavior is common among teenagers troubled with emotional issues or trauma. Such troubled teens may appear to be arrogant and angry, but they can have deep psychological issues. While these programs are not military schools, military schools are often a parent’s first thought when their boy is in trouble. Military schools can change teen behavior temporarily (out of fear), but lasting change rarely happens. Military high schools fail to uncover and work on the core issues of why a boy is misbehaving or self-destructing. For a troubled boy, rather than seeking military schools, better help can be found from therapeutic programs like these.

Directory of the Best Therapeutic Boarding Schools in America

Find the best therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teenage boys and girls.