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July 17, 2015

Helping Girls With Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Helping Girls with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

shutterstock_312038426Many adolescents act out with any number of negative characteristics at what can be a stressful time of their lives, but if your daughter is terribly insubordinate or mean tempered, a deliberate troublemaker or continually in conflict with anyone in authority, vindictive, hostile or angry, maybe even trying to blame people for her own mistakes, she might have Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Statistics show that one out of every ten teens is afflicted with ODD.  We can help your daughter if she has this psychiatric disorder that can show itself in childhood, with destructive behavior that can tear families apart and eliminate success in school and other social settings.  If you are seeing tantrums, pointless arguments, deliberate annoyance, aggressive behavior with peers and siblings, or excessive blaming over extended periods of time, your daughter needs much more help than you are ever able to give him.

 Minnesota Girls Academy Can Help Your Girl with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Left untreated, ODD is a very trying condition, both for you and your teen.  A qualified mental health professional needs to confirm this diagnosis, then making certain that her behaviors do not worsen, possibly increasing to troubles with authorities, or violent or self-destructive behaviors.

In addition to maybe having other, treatable conditions (i.e.: depression or ADHD), ODD can be a precursor to more severe issues such as criminal behavior, conduct disorder and substance abuse.

Behavioral therapy might focus on preventing problematic thoughts or behaviors from being inadvertently strengthened.  Rather, using praise and positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors is key to successful care.

Two hallmark accompanying conditions of this disorder are low self-esteem and depression, neither of which responds well to hazing, scolding or embarrassment. Minnesota Girls Academy has had a great deal of success in working with oppositional girls with astounding results that allows parents to get back the girl they thought they had.

Your daughter will be presented with new challenges until ultimately she is ready to return home, able to once again enjoy family and friends. If you’ve reached your wits’ end with your out-of-control girl, call us at (888) 683-7007.