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Extremely few studies are available on the treatment outcome of oppositional defiant disorder.
Treatment of ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) may include:
Parental or caregiver involvement in therapy for ODD is quite important. It is much harder to get the ODD child to improve behaviorally if the parents won't change the way they themselves behave - with the child and with one another.
Individual Psychotherapy to develop more effective anger management, Family Psychotherapy to improve communication, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to assist problem solving and decrease negativity, and Social Skills Training to increase flexibility and improve frustration tolerance with peers.
The doctor will want to know the child's history of behavior and may want to take tests.
Whether involved in therapy or working on this disorder at home, the patient must work with his or her parents' guidance to make the fullest possible recovery. Parent support groups can be extremely helpful in propping up single parents or parents who are having a difficult time with a child who suffers from this disorder.
If the child becomes dangerous to himself or others, he may need to go to the hospital.
A significant number of ODD diagnosed children appear to get worse with time, moving into juvenile delinquency and a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder.