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Twelve Years Old And Hostile

by Kimberlee
(Lawrence, KS, USA)

My 12 year old son has had ongoing issues with anger and how he reacts to different emotions for well over 3 years now.

It wasn’t until recently when his father & I got divorced that I started him with an adolescent counselor bi-weekly. He has a hard time accepting responsibility for his own actions, thinking of others, making good judgment calls and relating to other people.

As most people do now, I of course looked up his behavior online. The closest thing to describe his lashing out and other behavioral issues was known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder or O.D.D for short.

Any parent of a teenager can tell you that teens are often moody and argumentative but something else was off in his case. Studies show that as many as 1 in 10 children may have oppositional defiant disorder in a lifetime.

Treatment of O.D.D. involves therapy and possibly medications. As a parent, you don't have to go it alone in trying to manage a child with O.D.D. Doctors, counselors and child development experts can help you learn specific strategies to addressing O.D.D. He has been in therapy now for over 2 months and even though he hates going, I’ve seen significant changes.

Response from Dr. DeFoore

Thanks for your contribution, Kimberlee! Your input is very much appreciated. It is great that you were able to find help for your son, and now you can pass along your findings so that others can benefit from your experience.

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My very best to you,

Dr. DeFoore

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