Oppositional Defiant Disorder | Treatment


How is ODD treated?

There are several treatment options for ODD. Some focus only on the child, while other treatments include the child's family and school.

Your doctor will probably work with another doctor who specializes in mental health or a psychologist to treat your child. Treatment will focus on helping your child learn better ways to manage his or her anger. It will also help your child learn how to handle social situations so he or she will feel less frustrated with other people.

Treatment can also help families learn to communicate better with each other. And your doctor can help you learn how to manage your child's behavior and how to use discipline effectively.

In a treatment called cognitive behavior therapy, children and their families learn problem-solving skills and how to feel more positive.

What else can I do to help my child or teen who has ODD?

The following can help encourage good behavior:

  • Praise your child’s or teen’s positive behaviors.
  • Be consistent about rules.
  • Model the behaviors you want your child to follow.
  • Establish a daily routine for your child.
  • Spend quality time with your child.


Oppositional Defiant Disorder by Sutton Hamilton, MD, and John Armando, LCSW (American Family Physician October 01, 2008, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20081001/861.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09