Conduct Disorder/(ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Psychiatric Mental Health Clinic Located in Mesa, AZ

Conduct Disorder Treatment & Symptoms- Psychiatric Mental Health Services in Mesa, AZ

As a parent, it’s common to face challenges with rebellious or moody teenagers. However, if your efforts to communicate with your child are consistently met with defiance and aggressive behavior, they may be experiencing a behavior disorder called conduct disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder(ODD).

Don’t worry if your kids show such kind of behavior because at Foothills Psychiatric Clinic in Mesa, Arizona, Simon George- PMHNP, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, along with his dedicated team, diagnoses and provides expert treatment for conduct disorders.

Our Mental health experts in Mesa can diagnose these conditions, so if you find yourself in constant struggles with your child, it’s important to seek help from a professional who understands what your child is going through. We do both Online/telepsychiatry and Offline consultations for conduct disorder and other mental health treatments. Reach out to schedule your consultation today.

Conduct Disorder/(ODD)Oppositional Defiant Disorder– FAQs

What is Conduct Disorder or (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Conduct Disorder is a behavior disorder, also called oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD that is mostly seen in children and teenagers. While it is normal for teens to show anger and disobedience. But if your teen consistently displays defiant behavior and shows hostility towards authority figures like parents and teachers, they may be experiencing ODD and need professional help and guidance. These behaviors go beyond the typical rebelliousness seen in childhood and can significantly impact social, academic, and family functioning.

In simple words, Conduct disorder, or ODD is a type of behavior disorder where a child has antisocial behavior, he or she may disregard basic social standards and rules. He or she may also:
– be irresponsible
– skip school
– run away from home
– steal or participate in activities that violate the rights of others
– do physical harm to people and animals

Conduct Disorder/ ODD Symptoms

While all children may show occasional disobedience and push their boundaries and limitations, and if it feels like an ongoing struggle, there could be underlying issues. Symptoms of conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) include frequent tantrums, arguments with adults, knowingly annoying others, and blaming others for mistakes. Children with such issues may easily become annoyed or angry, refuse to follow rules or requests, and display a harsh or unkind attitude, sometimes seeking revenge. If your child’s behavior follows a consistent pattern, it may indicate more than just typical rebellion.

Conduct disorder or ODD is mainly categorized into 4 groups of behaviors:

1. Aggressive behavior
2. Destructive behavior
3. Deceitfulness
4. Violation of rules or age-appropriate norms

Conduct Disorder/(ODD)Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment and Diagnosis in Mesa, Arizona

How is Conduct Disorder or ODD Diagnosed?

Conduct Disorder or ODD can be diagnosed by a qualified psychiatrist or mental health expert. They will talk with the child’s parents and teachers about their behavior, medical history, childhood traumas, and may observe the child. Your child may need mental health testing in some cases to identify the real reason behind the behavior. If you notice the symptoms listed above in your child, immediately contact your nearest child psychiatrist, or mental health expert to avoid future problems due to behavioral disorder.

Foothills Psychiatric Clinic in Mesa provides expert diagnosis and treatment plans for conduct disorder or other related disorders in children, teens, and adults. Call our office for a consultation.

Comprehensive Treatment Plan for Conduct Disorder or (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Mesa, AZ

Foothills Psychiatry in Mesa, AZ provides expert treatment for conduct disorder. The treatment plan will depend on factors such as severity of the condition, child’s symptoms, age, and general health. The treatment plan can include:

(CBT)Cognitive-behavioral therapy: CBT can treat conduct disorder or behavioral disorder in children as through this therapy a child learns how to better solve problems, communicate, and handle stress. He or she also learns how to control impulses and anger.
Family therapy: This therapy helps make changes in the family and can help in treating and curing conduct disorder or ODD. Family therapy improves communication skills and family interactions helps in reducing the symptoms of behavioral disorders by keeping the child engaged.
Medicines Management. Treatment of conduct disorder in children does not require medicines as it may have side-effects on their brain. But, a child may need them for other symptoms or disorders, such as ADHD causing these behavior patterns to stabilize the situation.
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To get professional and compassionate treatment for Conduct Disorders or ODD conditions in Mesa and nearby locations in Arizona, kindly call our office at 480-608-4877 to book your consultation.

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