Two of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in children are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). ADHD and ODD are often co-diagnosed with about half who have ADHD also often having oppositional defiant disorder.
These disorders may result in your child having trouble controlling impulses, paying attention, listening, and getting along with others. These problems can be disruptive to both home and school life but there is hope.
Symptoms of ADHD can include:
- Unfocused and easily distracted
- Disorganized and forgetful
- Unable to follow through on instructions
- Appear not to listen
- Fidgeting and squirming
- Running and climbing instead of sitting
- Inability to take turns and wait in line
- Constant talking and interrupting
- Inability to play quietly
Signs of oppositional defiant disorder include:
- Temper tantrums
- Refusing to obey rules and arguing with adults
- Intentionally annoying people, but also getting annoyed easily
- Saying mean things, talking about getting revenge, and hurting people
- Trying to blame others for things they do
Our Therapists are Here to Help
At BHSA, treatment for ADHD and ODD primarily involves family-based interventions, but may also include other types of psychotherapy and training for the child — as well as for parents.
It is important to treat any co-occurring problems and if your child has coexisting diagnosis, such as ADHD, anxiety or depression, medications may help improve these symptoms. Medications alone generally are not used for ODD, but rather requires therapy to learn to manage underlying symptoms.
If a child in your life may be showing signs or symptoms of ADHD/ODD, treatment is available and BHSA is here to help find your family hope. Call 501-954-7470 to request an appointment with one of our professional therapists.