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Im pretty sure my son has oppositional defiant disorder.

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I'm pretty sure my son has oppositional defiant disorder. He is 13 and we can not ever agree. What should I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Bonnie replied 5 years ago.
Hello and thank you for consulting JA,

The question to ask is what is the meaning of the behavior. Underneath oppositional behavior is usually anger and/or depression. You may have some idea about why he is angry....abandoned by a parent? in competition with a sibling? feeling inferior to others? The oppositional behavior is his expression of these uncomfortable emotions. The treatment for ODD is therapy. Here is a website where you can search for a therapist in your area:

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