Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Christina - posted on 11/30/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter's day care teacher (been in child care for 30+ years) thinks Regina, 4, may have oppositional defiant disorder. Upon researching the subject, I've found that she displays all but one of the signs, and that is that she has quite a few friends and doesn't frequently lose them other than average 4 year old "i'm not your friend!"



I am not going to self diagnose as I'm not a professional, so I'm scheduling an appointment with a family therapist to help us get answers and work towards a solution and dealing with the problem in the way most effective. The treatment does not entail medicating which is great! I certainly wouldn't want to have to medicate her and dull any of her shine.



Does anyone have any experience with this disorder? What has worked for you, and what should I avoid?

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Crystal - posted on 03/06/2013

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My daughter was recently diagnosed with this she had to go to counseling for awhile then was just now put on medication she will also continue the counseling for therapy. They put her on guanfacine and so far it has made her tired where she will normally come home from school being very loud and a big ball of energy and moody she came home today quiet and tired and did not play too much. Hopefully once she is on the meds for a bit and used to them she won't always be so tired and will play more.

Nykole - posted on 11/30/2012

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I have a 16 year old brother and a 9 year old son that have both been diagnosed with this as well. While I am still learning to deal with it myself. Ive learned the one thing that they always need is positive re enforcement. They both completely shut down when they feel like they failed. They neeed it a lot more then other children. Also they both need stucture and routine. When something goes different they seem to have these break downs and that is when the difaince is at its worse. I still myself am learning new things everyday. But these are just a few things Ive learned from them. They are also both diagnosed with ADHD. So Im not so sure what helps them may also help her. But best of luck to you :)

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