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Behavioral Health

Self-Help Resources

ODD information and tools are organized here, with links to additional resources. Children being treated for ADHD may also be struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any number of other physical and/or mental health conditions. You may find the self-help information posted under other behavioral health categories for children on this web site to be helpful.

Fact Sheets and Handouts

Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fact sheet.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. Teens are often moody and argumentative. But if your child or teen has a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing and angry or disruptive behaviors toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

Mental Health: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of ODD.

Learn the difference between Attention Deficit Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Conduct Disorder vs. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
While similar, Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder are different disorders. Learn more about the differences and treatment.

When to Seek Help for Your Child

Conduct Disorder Facts
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Understanding the Defiant Child
A vivid representation of ODD through family interactions and commentary from parents. Learn how to distinguish ODD from milder forms of misbehavior, long-term outcomes for defiant children, the relationship between ODD and ADHD, and why parent training is helpful.

Managing the Defiant Child-A Guide to Parent Training
Vignettes from actual parent training. Informative commentary about why interactions with children are a "two-way street," effective incentive systems for motivating children, and the crucial role of parent training featured.

A Video preview with a link to a comprehensive parenting plan for parents of Adolescent's with ODD

A Video preview with a link for parents and educators to quickly resolve child/adolescent to adult relationship conflicts

Books & Workbooks

SOS: Help for Parents
L. Clark & J. Robb

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior
R. A. Barkley & C. M. Benton

Living with Children: New Methods for Parents and Teachers
G. R. Patterson

10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child's Difficult Behavior
Jeffrey Bernstein

The Time-Out Solution: A Parent's Guide for Handling Everyday Behavior Problems
Lynn Clark

Web Links

The Incredible Years
Research-based programs, proven effective in reducing children's aggression and behavior problems, while increasing social competence at home and at school.
A variety of useful resources to help parents and caretakers understand and cope with a child�s disruptive behavior.

Veteran and Military Family Health
U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health

Conduct Disorders
A parent forum

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