A common assumption is the oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood disorder. While most children grow out of the disorder by the age of eight or nine, there are cases where ODD continues into adulthood. ODD is most commonly found in adults who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) or those who have endured abuse and neglect in childhood. Researchers believe that the link between ODD and ADHD comes from the difficulty that those who have ADHD have in regulating their emotions.
How do you know if you, or someone you love, are struggling with ODD? Check out our list of the most common symptoms below. For quality Charlotte mental health services, call Legacy!
- Tendency to shoplift
- Drug and alcohol addictions
- Anger management issues
- Anger addiction
- Chronic negativity or hostility
- Difficulty in relationships with romantic partners, friends, family, coworkers
- Reckless or defiant behavior
If this sounds like you or someone you love, ODD could be the cause. Many times the pattern of behavior for ODD is established in childhood. Whether acting out for attention or because of the executive function deficits associated with ADHD, adults who have been diagnosed with ODD often report feeling like they are pushed around, bullied, or disliked. Some feel that their defiant behavior distinguishes them as rebels or mavericks.
Adults who have struggled with ODD as children may be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) as adults. This is a far more dangerous evolution of oppositional defiant disorder and causes the person to behave, think and act in ways that many people feel are abnormal. Those who struggle with antisocial personality disorder are more likely to have substance abuse issues, trouble with the law and be abusive towards those around them.
Treating ODD and ASPD can be challenging. Uncovering the underlying problems that are feeding these angry and destructive behaviors takes time. When the person has chosen to self-medicate through alcohol or drug use, the problem becomes magnified. Alcohol and drugs feed the need to act out and perpetuate the cycle of defiant or aggressive behavior. The repercussions from this behavior trigger the need to escape into the world of alcohol or drugs to forget.
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At Legacy Freedom, we can help you or your loved one break the cycle of anger and addiction. Whether the cause is childhood trauma or unmanaged ADHD, our highly trained therapists are experienced in dealing with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance addictions. Through one-on-one talk therapy, our staff will help you discover the root of your angry and defiant behavior. Group therapy can help you connect with your peers and find support outside our outpatient facility. Healing your mind begins with healing your body. Working together with our in-house dietitian and physical therapist you will learn to strengthen and nourish your body through proper diet and exercise.
Alternative therapies play a significant role in the healing process at Legacy Freedom of Charlotte. Together with your care team, you will choose the therapies that best fit your needs and your interests. With more than ten different therapies to choose from, there is something for everyone. We proudly offer:
- Equine therapy
- Inner child therapy
- Tai chi
- and more
If you are ready to stop living in anger and take control of your life, Legacy Freedom can help. Does someone you love need help? Call or click to connect with the best Charlotte mental health services. The journey to healing begins with the decision to start. What are you waiting for?