ODD Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

If your child has oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), you may feel frustrated and hopeless trying to cope with their angry and defiant attitudes and behaviors. The Mindful Urgent Care team in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York understands what you're dealing with, and what your child is going through. They're here to help with psychotherapy, medication, or other tools that help you get your lives back. Book an appointment online or by calling today.

ODD Q & A


What is ODD?

ODD is a condition in which a child frequently exhibits symptoms like defiance and anger. ODD usually starts in early childhood, and most children are diagnosed before age 13. ODD is different for every child, but no matter what it's like for your child, treatment is crucial to help them through it.

What are the signs that my child has ODD?

Some common symptoms of ODD include:

  • Angry outbursts
  • Easily annoyed
  • Argumentative
  • Resentful attitude
  • Vindictive behavior
  • Spiteful behavior
  • Defiant actions and behavior
  • Refuses to follow rules
  • Deliberately aggravates others
  • Refuses to admit mistakes

These symptoms may happen only at certain times. For example, your child may behave quite well in a school setting but have constant symptoms at home.

There are different levels of ODD. Mild ODD is when your child has symptoms in one environment but not in any others. Moderate ODD is when your child has symptoms in two or more environments, and severe ODD is when your child has symptoms in three or more different environments.

How does the doctor diagnose ODD?

Your child’s Mindful Urgent Care psychiatrist makes a diagnosis after discussing symptoms with you, your child, and possibly others in your child’s life, like teachers. The psychiatrist may also use assessment tools to help with diagnosis and to determine the severity of the ODD.

According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a child must have ongoing problem behaviors like anger, defiance, vindictiveness, or other similar symptoms for a minimum of six months for an ODD diagnosis.

How is ODD treated?

Every child is different, so there's no one-size-fits-all treatment for ODD. Your Mindful Urgent Care provider customizes a treatment plan for your child, which may include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication management
  • Behavioral modification

Family therapy is also an important part of ODD treatment because this condition affects everyone around your child. You'll learn skills to manage outbursts, techniques for positive reinforcement, and effective discipline methods.

ODD is a big challenge for both you and your child, and the Mindful Urgent Care team wants you to know that neither of you needs to keep suffering. Book an appointment online or by phone for help today.

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