Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is characterized by angry or irritable mood, argumentative or defiant behavior, and vindictiveness. Individuals with this disorder often lose their temper, are easily annoyed or resentful, argue with authority figures, refuse to comply with rules, deliberately annoy others, and tend to blame others for their mistakes or behavior. Unsurprisingly, this disorder can severely disrupt a person’s ability to live a fulfilling, independent life, though with proper intervention, it is treatable.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the pain and disruption that ODD can cause. With the help of our compassionate and experienced treatment team, it is possible to learn strategies for managing ODD and build your ability to live a healthier, more fulfilled life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Living with a loved one who has ODD can be alternately exhausting, frustrating, saddening, and just plain difficult, but that does not mean you cannot help him or her. The characteristic symptoms of ODD mean that encouraging someone with this disorder to seek help will likely be difficult, but consider taking the following steps:
- Learn as much as you can about ODD by reading reputable websites, perusing books, and speaking with experienced treatment professionals. Doing so can help you understand your loved one’s behavior, build your empathy for him or her, and guide your attempts to connect with him or her.
- Research options for treatment, paying special attention to treatment centers that have experience treating ODD. ODD can be a difficult disorder to address, so it is important to find treatment centers whose interventions and methods of care work well with ODD. If you are at any point unsure about a treatment center, feel free to call the center’s admissions department and speak with a member of the admissions team about your questions.
- Once you have completed your research, you now face one of the most difficult challenges: encouraging your loved one to seek treatment. First and foremost, make sure to keep open lines of communication. Your job is not to force your loved one into treatment; rather, your job is to share your concerns with him or her, listen to his or her responses, and have open, honest, and nonjudgmental dialogue. Encourage your loved one to seek treatment, but remember that his or her healing journey may follow a timeline that is different from your ideal.
- Once your loved one is ready to enter treatment, work hard to remove any barriers that may hinder his or her admission. For example, setting up appointments with treatment center staff and then offering to accompany your loved one to those appointments is a great way to help with logistical issues while still being supportive.
- During your loved one’s time in treatment, be an active source of support and participate in any family programming the center may offer.
- Above all, do not sacrifice your own health for that of your loved one. Remember that you need time to rest and refuel, so make sure to schedule time for activities that refill your reserves. Also, rally your family and close friends to your side, as you will benefit from their support.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
ODD places those with the disorder at risk for a host of negative outcomes. Difficulty with authority means that individuals with ODD often struggle to hold down jobs and may experience long-term unemployment and significant financial strain. In addition, the defensive and aggressive behavior characteristic of this disorder means individuals with ODD tend to struggle with romantic and social relationships, potentially leaving these people without meaningful social support. Aggressive behavior also increases these individuals’ risk of injury from fights or accidents, and ODD increases risk of substance abuse, legal involvement, and co-occurring mental illness. Fortunately, however, with proper care, it is possible to treat ODD and help those who struggle with it to achieve to their highest potential.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to ODD, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will alleviate his or her ODD symptoms and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for ODD at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into her his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of ODD, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with ODD have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for ODD at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with ODD can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with ODD with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.