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Name: wendylacey
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whilst doing some research re: ADHD (cos my son has it), i kept coming across this 'ODD'. so after reading about it, i realised that most of the characteristics of ODD is the behaviour my son displays. today i had an appointment at the ADHD clinic and asked the psychologist of his opinion re: my son and ODD. he said that my son hasnt got it because his behaviour is defiant etc all the time. if he did have ODD the defiant behaviour etc, would be displayed at school or at home but not all the time! he said that my sons behaviour is more a 'conduct disorder' and i should get advice/support from the social work department, which i have phoned 3 times within one week and two weeks later still waiting for them to get in touch with me, i would like to hear from parents who hav children with ODD and hear their opinion as i am slightly confused. my other children do not behave in this manner so how is it my parenting skills? maybe it is, i am open minded and open to constructive critism
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Name: MN-MOM | Date: Apr 10th, 2007 8:21 PM
My son as ODD, and he has it all of the time. The difference between ODD and Conduct Disorder is the degree or severity of actions. I would ask another professional. From what I am told it's not parenting skills that cause ODD, but their difficult behavior will cause parents to react as any parent would, but it causes ADHD/ODD kids to get worse. So different techniques need to be employed with ADHD/ODD kids (behavior modification). I work with a counselor who works exclusively with ADHD kids/families. One of the main points is to keep you voice calm all the time and try not to react with much emotion when giving out consequences, because it is the emotion/reaction they desire. We have to use a lot of reward systems, consequences such as taking away privileges, charts, etc. Also consistency is very key. It's extremely hard. Medication for ADHD has helped control the ODD quite a bit as well. 

Name: wendylacey | Date: Apr 12th, 2007 8:20 PM
thanxs MN-MOM for ur reply. yes i am definately going to get a second opinion. i believe that my son is more ODD than conduct disorder. i am trying to get support from social services re: support towards behaviour modification but that is proving to be difficult even to just get a phonecall from them. meanwhile i will take ur advice about trying not to react with emotion and apply ur reward system. once again thank u, wendy 

Name: KathyK | Date: Apr 13th, 2007 2:31 PM
My son was first diagnosed with O.D.D. when he was 4. He is 5 now. I have never heard of O.D.D. before he was diagnosed with it. I knew of adhd because my niece has it and I have been around it for the past 19 years. I went home and did alot of research on O.D.D. My son shows all the signs of odd. He is more defiant at home then at school but is starting to show signs at school now. He is not as willing to do his work and is getting into kids faces alot more. I am taking him to another doctor (a new one)in May and I am going to ask him about adhd as well. It seems like kids with odd also have adhd and sometimes other things as well. He has also started showing signs of ocd especially in school. He likes to line things up in groups of 3's. He is on medication (Risperdal, and depakote)and it has helped. You have to be vigilant and consistant. I find that when I am not consistant things get worse. He is involved with mobile therapists, tss workers (therapeutic staff support)and a behavioral specialist which helps him and us as well. It is very frustrating and tiring. It is a constant battle with him and sometimes he is very aggressive. We are working on reminding him constantly where his hands belong (not on other people). He does not know how to deal with his anger and that is something we are all learing to deal with. 

Name: JDolfin74 | Date: Apr 29th, 2007 12:52 AM
My son has been diagnosed with ODD. He will be 6 in a few short weeks, but I have known since he was 2 that something was not "right". Pediatricians dismissed me saying he was too young to diagnose- don't be discouraged. Follow your motherly instincts. Keep seeing doctors until someone can help you. ODD is real and can make your life a nightmare. Be consistent with punishment and remember: Strong is quiet; weak is loud. When your child sees you reach your frustration level, and you begin to shout, this is a sign of weakness. Patience and normal or low tone of voice shows control, authority. Good luck. E mail me if questions. 

Name: grandmadiana | Date: Apr 29th, 2007 3:24 AM
Hi
I must say this is the very first time I have EVER heard of ODD. I looked it up and am astonished to what I have found. I am going to be digging around for more info. Thank you all very much!! What a wake up call this site has been to me.
thanks to all 

Name: tdeaks | Date: May 4th, 2007 9:46 AM
basical conduct disorer is wost hi there i carnt really help with your issue but my son is 7 and has had dexphedimines ritalin clonidine and now has started respiradal afer the others failed he has been diagnosed with adhd and conduct disorder the reason im writting to you is i dont no much about the med but my son has only had 3 tabs and is walking arouund like a zombie and sleeping all the timee wondering how this med is affecting your child. my son is on 1mg tablet and people are teling me this may be to much also what the thing about weight gain carnt find much info on subject but lots about weight gain
would love to hear from you
tammy 


Name: wendylacey | Date: May 5th, 2007 7:09 PM
hi tdeaks, its a worry isnt it! my son is just on concerta 54mg which addresses the adhd! still waiting to get a definate diagnosis of conduct disorder! two days ago i caught my son burning paper up in his bedroom (he was meant to be getting ready for school). his response is 'well, i like burning things', then today he has stolen money from me. i check him all the time for lighters but he is becoming more sneaky. if ur not happy with risperadol u must speak to the doctor in charge my msn addy is [email protected] if u want to chat further, take care wendy x 

Name: julia h | Date: May 6th, 2007 4:17 PM
My son wasn't diagnosed til he was nearly 13. He has ADHD and ODD so he can be hard work at times. He isn't on any medication at the moment as we are still waiting to see the specialist after the initial diagnosis 18mths ago. 

Name: aroha | Date: Nov 29th, 2012 7:21 AM
Hi my son has been going in and out seen every dr for the last ten years .and been told it was all me and that i need parenting class and i did everyone they told me to.he stop calling me mum and calls me it.her.and alot more but they are not nice names.but they just told me what he had Add and Cd .but feel alone .that no-one knwons what it like to be a mum.with a kid like this 

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