Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a mental health condition that affects young adults and adolescents. The main symptoms of ODD are displaying anger, arguing with people, and being vindictive.

About ODD


Arguing with people

Being vindictive


What is Oppositional defiant disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, is one of the most common behavioral disorders in young adults. Unlike its close relative CD, young adults with ODD are not aggressive towards people or animals. Instead, they lash out in an attempt to annoy and irritate others. ODD is one of the best-known types of behavioral disorder, mainly because it is quite easy to recognize.

Young adults and ODD

Oppositional defiant disorder is a childhood disorder characterized by anger, and often hostility, that occurs in response to specific situations. A young adult with ODD typically doesn't go through the same mood swings and changes in energy as a young adult with bipolar disorder; however, there are some similarities between ODD and ADHD.

Young adults with oppositional defiant disorder are easily frustrated and irritated. They don't always respond to the positive way of making them happy. They get into frequent arguments and tend to be rude and disobedient. These qualities make it difficult for them to make friends.

Treatment of ODD

We treat young adults who are dealing with oppositonal defiant disorder (ODD). We offer the best possible treatment in order to achieve a lasting recovery. The result is that the young adult is able to live and function in society in a pleasant way again, by slowly breaking down the wall they have built around themselves.

Our treatment is aimed to help the person who feels he or she has been shut out or rejected by the world and all its people, so they can re-engage with others.

We have a multi-level approach: The first level is to observe the young person in action, to see how they act and react toward others and how they view themselves. The second level is to make contact with them, to talk about their talents, strengths and qualities. Finally we talk with them about creating a structured area that offers only a few options and which reduces their ability to act out inappropriately.

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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a serious and common health condition, which can affect anyone at any age. If you would like to register a young adult (aged 18-25) for a treatment at The Grange Youth Clinic, please complete our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview. Our therapists have experience working with individuals from all walks of life and will help you overcome your problems and find hope for the future.

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At The Grange Youth Clinic, you’ll be guided through a tough experience with empathetic support. You will have access to a comprehensive range of services, including a minimum of 6 weeks of intensive residential treatment, family coaching & counseling for parents/carers and aftercare tailored to your individual needs.

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Our treatment has a very “Intensive goal directed specialised approach” which is uniquely tailored to each client, by a highly qualified and experience multi discipline team. We focus on primarily addictive  problems combined with addressing social, emotional behavioural.

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