Provo Canyon School – Oppositional Defiance Behavior

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Provo Canyon School has treated more than 5000 children in more than three and half decades, and ODD is one of the conditions it treats. The school has a separate ADD / ADHD program for adolescent boys in the 12 to 14 age group. It also treats children who are addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) is among the common disorders that children are diagnosed with. 16% is the highest ODD prevalence rate recorded. The rate alters with age.

For instance, the prevalence rate is 2% at the age of seven. In children aged 13, the rate has risen to 5%. In adolescents, the prevalence rate has been similar in girls and boys. Provo Canyon School has treated several adolescents for the disorder.

ODD is different from Conduct Disorder (CD), about 25% of ODD affected boys have been known to be diagnosed with CD. CD is considered a more severe form of ODD.

Most of the mental health services reported cases are due to this disorder. The condition has two main characteristics -aggressive behavior and a habit of irritating others.

Other recurrent symptoms include:

· Short-tempered.

· Fiercely argumentative.

· Disobeying rules set by adults.

· Blaming others for their behavior and mistakes.

· Easily annoyed by other people.

· Resentful and angry.

The symptoms differ according to gender. The boys are more likely to run away from home, while girls may exhibit physical and verbal fighting.

Similar behavior may be observed in young children; only that ODD related occurrences are more noticeable. The reoccurence factor is a determining factor for diagnosis. The children are more prone to irregular behavior and resent any authority higher than them.

If untreated, the condition could have serious consequences for the family, the neighborhood and the community.

Comorbid disorders could have been the result of negligence in treatment. Comorbid disorders are not totally related to ADD / ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) symptoms.

Thus it becomes important that this condition is treated in its early stages. This is where Provo Canyon School comes in.