Intimidating your children

Kids with ODD often lose their tempers, argue, resist rules and discipline, refuse to comply with directions and in general have a low frustration tolerance.The defining characteristic is a fight against being controlled.Kids who are oppositional or defiant will fight against being controlled.Kids who have begun to move—or have already moved—into conduct disorder will fight not only against being controlled, but will attempt to control others as well.The DSM-5, a diagnostic handbook used by mental health professionals, describes these individuals as having “a callous and unemotional interpersonal style.” It means a lack of empathy—not understanding or caring about how their behavior may physically or emotionally hurt others.A key difference between ODD and conduct disorder lies in the role of control.

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Many parents and professionals have difficulty recognizing the differences between ODD and conduct disordered behavior.The information we offer here is truly just a small slice of parenting a teen who is engaging in intimidation, aggression or other serious behavior.We hope that it offers you steps toward clarity, safety and the support you need and deserve as a parent.Is this oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder, and how can you deal with this? We talk every day with parents who feel their dream of raising a child has turned into a parenting nightmare.This article is intended for parents facing intimidation—perhaps even bullying—by their adolescent or teen in their own home.

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