Emma - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )
Hi, I am Emma, a single Mum in Tasmania. My eight year old son has now been diagnosed with ODD twice. The first time was from an assesment done by a school psychologist and I thought they were just giving the school a reason to use as to why they couldn't control my son. After the second diagnosis I have tried to come to terms with it. It's not easy to say "Yes, my child has this dissorder", we never want anythng to be wrong with our kids.
My son is a kind, caring, sensitive, funny and very smart boy. Then something happens. Something he doesn't like, and he changes...instantly. He will throw things, yell, scream, kick things, knock over furniture, run away, swear and/or physically hurt people both children and adults. When he is in this 'mood' he will not respond to anything that is said to him, if he is yelled at he just yells louder and his behaviour escalates, if anyone tries to hold him still he thrashes, kicks and headbuts. Thankfully the violent side has settled quite a lot and noone has been hurt by him for a long time, but because of the safety issues he cannot attend school for any longer than three hours, twice a week.
I am hoping that there is SOMEONE out there going through something similar who is also looking for someone to talk to! I do have friends and family who do their best and who are fantastic support to us but I'd love to chat with someone going through it.