PDA vs ODD: Decoding the Behavioral Differences

The child standing with their back toward the parent in defiance. PDA vs ODD
As a parent, watching your child avoid simple tasks, refuse to follow rules, or openly defy authority figures can be heart-wrenching. You may be asking yourself, “Why is my child behaving this way? What can I do to help? Is this normal?” These are understandable concerns. Navigating the complexities of your child’s defiant and avoidant…
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Balancing the Storm: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder Treatment for Youth

Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder treatment for kids and teens.
Navigating a disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) or other mood disorders in teens and adolescents can be a significant challenge, impacting their ability to maintain emotional stability and affecting their daily life and school performance. While traditional methods like talk therapy and stimulant medications prescribed by a qualified mental health professional can be effective for…
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Turning Defiance into Cooperation: Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Teenagers with Wilderness Therapy

Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder - A teen boy in a beanie and a sweatshirt glowers at the viewer in the woods.
Teenagers often go through a period of rebellion and defiance as they seek autonomy and navigate the challenges of adolescence. However, for some young people, defiant behavior can escalate into a more serious issue known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Oppositional Defiant Disorder in teens is characterized by a pattern of ongoing angry or irritable…
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Not just a nightmare: Help for a defiant teenager using drugs

Substance abuse is every parent’s worst nightmare, whether it’s alcohol or drugs like marijuana. Dealing with teenagers is hard on its own, but when you have a defiant teenager using drugs, things get a lot more complicated. And although you might think your teenager is just “experimenting“ with drugs, keep in mind that these things…
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Dealing with Defiance: Six Tips for Decreasing Defiant Behavior

Treating Oppositional Defiant Disorder - A teen boy in a beanie and a sweatshirt glowers at the viewer in the woods.
Most parents know what is like to live with a defiant teenager. Teens often feel inclined to push buttons and test the limits enforced upon them. This can be extremely frustrating for parents and create a constant power struggle within the home. The teenage years are when one is trying to figure out where they…
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How To Deal With A Defiant Teenager: Parenting Tips & Help

Parenting teens isn’t always an easy feat, and parenting a rebellious teen who tends to act out, go against authority figures, and display oppositionally defiant behavior can seem near impossible. But before you get too discouraged, know that there is hope. One of the first steps toward easing this bumpy road is understanding the “why”…
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