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Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a learning disability that can have a damaging impact on one’s life. Those who suffer from Oppositional Defiant Disorder have difficulty dealing with authority figures. They also have an extremely challenging time adhering to rules and normal behavioral expectations.

In order to be clinically diagnosed with ODD, one must display the following symptoms: argumentativeness, disobedience, vindictiveness, anger and irritability. These symptoms often first appear in pre-school, but can carry on to adulthood. It’s difficult to differentiate between age-appropriate defiance and ODD in youth.  Most suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder aren’t diagnosed until later on in their childhood.  Most children will begin to exhibit symptoms before they are eight years old.  Symptoms often appear suddenly and exacerbate rapidly.

ODD Symptoms
There are a number of symptoms associated with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. ODD is commonly linked to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD): a trying combination. The common signs associated with ODD are: lack of self-responsibility, purposely being disruptive, arbitrary outburst of anger, low self-esteem, negativity, lack of respect, vengefulness, easily agitated, hostility, etc.  People with ODD often have difficulty maintaining relationships with family and friends. They don’t possess the basic social and interpersonal skills needed to form and maintain a relationships. But, there is help.

Contributing Influences of ODD
There is no specific cause of ODD, but there are a number of contributing factors such as genetics, environment, and heath. The contributing causes include inconsistent supervision, natural disposition, chemical imbalances, inconsistent punishment, and lack of support/compassion. Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be an incapacitating ailment, but there is help—ODD is treatable. If properly treated, those who suffer with ODD can reclaim their life—and go on to lead a productive and fulfilling life.

Treating ODD: Private Boarding School
There are a number of different methods for treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder. One of the more effective ways is through enrollment in a private boarding school: A great alternative to “traditional therapy” and prescription medication.

Although, enrolling your child in a private boarding school may seem a little extreme initially; it’s a proven method that can provide amazing results. An effective private boarding school program offers a structured, no-nonsense environment that minimizes the use of electronic devices and other distractions, promotes a healthy lifestyle (mental and physical), and encourages self-improvement. Previous anger, disobedience, and frustration is channelled into a strict regime of positive self-development.  Goals are accomplished through a structured and supervised academic schedule, extra-curricular activities, the development of life skills, and self-improvement exercises. This type of atmosphere is almost impossible to duplicate in traditional school and home environments, and is very conducive to constructive change which promotes positive social interaction, an intricate part of development and growth.  

ODD can be a debilitating disorder if left unattended.  Take action.  Help is available. 

For further information about how Robert Land Academy, a private military style boarding school for boys in Ontario Canada, can assist students with ODD, ADHD and other learning challenges, contact us today at 905-386-6203 or visit our website at