Jeanie - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
My 7yr old son has ADHD. He is on Ritalin. The meds help him calm down and focus. I have read up on ODD and so many of the symptoms fit. Everything with him is a battle. He has angry outbursts. The only way to deal with the outbursts is to ignore him. He will sit there angry until he calms down and then he comes to me crying and saying he's sorry. I know he can't help the anger he feels, but it's hard to remember that in the heat of the moment. My other son has down syndrome. My husband and other family members have so much patience with him because he is different. The 7 yr old looks and functions normal so they don't there is a disability there. I am so frustrated with people telling me he has behavior problems because of lack of disipline. It's not that, he really can't control himself when he gets like this. He doesn't want to have to have these outbursts.
Can anyone tell me how to get him diagnosed with ODD and what I can do to help him.