An ODD Diagnosis Doesn ’t Make Your Child “Bad”

In recent years, I’ve encountered a growing number of parents in my therapy practice who come to me fearing that their child has oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). According to the American Psychiatric Association, the primary signs of ODD are angry and irritable mood, argumentative and defiant behavior, and vindictiveness. Often these parents will share that a teacher or doctor told them their child may have ODD, and that when they looked up the condition online, they recognized some of the symptoms in their child’s behavior. As a parent myself, the worry and confusion on my clients’ faces and, in their voices, simply breaks my heart. One unintended effect of putting the ODD label on a child, in my experience, is that it makes parents feel like something is intrinsically wrong with their child — and wrong with them as parents. The ODD diagnosis can also cloud the process of figuring out why a child is struggling and how to best address their behavioral issues. And parents aren’t the only ones who feel bad when their child is diagnosed with ODD. Kids feel bad, too. With this in mind, I’ve developed my own approach for helping families overcome their fear of the ODD Boogeyman.  The first step is taking the sting out of the label. So, someone thinks your kid has ODD. That’s okay. No matter what anyone says, even someone with a certain level of expertise, your kid is not a bad kid. In my 20 years of practice, I have never met a b...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Agitation Children and Teens Parenting Stigma Students Child Development difficult child Oppositional Defiant Disorder Source Type: blogs

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Conclusions: Among the analysed groups, patients with asthma reached highest BDI score and trait and state anxiety levels. An interesting phenomenon observed in this study, which need further examination, are higher BDI scores in healthy individuals than in CU and HVA groups.This study was financially supported by a grant from Medical University of Lodz (no.564/1-000-00/564-20-026)
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Allergy and immunology Source Type: research
Authors: Woźniewicz A, Szynkiewicz E, Pałgan K, Graczyk M, Dowbór-Dzwonka A, Bartuzi Z Abstract Introduction: The level of fear of hymenoptera associated with stinging or envenomation may depend on situational factors and on trait anxiety characteristic of each patient. Aim: To assess the relationship between fear of stinging insects on the one hand and state anxiety and trait anxiety on the other in a group of patients with hymenoptera venom allergy. Material and methods: The study was conducted by the Department of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Internal Diseases, Dr J. Biziel University Hospit...
Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
Authors: Bilò MB, Tontini C, Martini M, Corsi A, Agolini S, Antonicelli L Abstract Summary: Hymenoptera venom allergy (HVA) is the most frequent cause of anaphylaxis in Europe, accounting for most of the severe reactions occurring in adults, and being the second cause of anaphylaxis in children. Prevention of further episodes in patients who developed a systemic reaction (SR) is based on the correct management of the allergic emergency, the referral to an allergist for a correct diagnosis, prescription of adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) and specific venom immunotherapy (VIT), if recommended. Diagnosis is bas...
Source: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol Source Type: research
 When Pauline Dakin was 10 years old, her mother took the family into hiding to escape imminent danger.  Fifteen years later, Pauline was told that they were on the run from the mafia.  At first, accepting of this explanation, Pauline’s doubts grew until she could no longer deny the truth: that there was no danger and she was being misled. Join us as Pauline shares how she came to this heartbreaking conclusion. SUBSCRIBE &REVIEW   Guest information for ‘Delusional Disorder’ Podcast Episode Pauline Dakin is the bestselling author of Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhoo...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Borderline Personality Schizophrenia The Psych Central Show Trauma Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: The longest VIT duration in children and adolescents with HVA is related to the decreased anxiety of their parents. Parent's feeling of safety depends on the stage of treatment and place of residence. PMID: 31232065 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine : AAEM - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Ann Agric Environ Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The gender, treatment duration and stage of anaphylactic reaction influenced level of anxiety. The level of feeling of safety was related to the place of living. PMID: 30922038 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine : AAEM - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Ann Agric Environ Med Source Type: research
Parents everywhere are complaining that kids are using their phones way too much. They are glued to their screens at dinnertime, staying up when they should be asleep and are opting for virtual interaction over real-life conversations. It’s a growing problem, and even 50% of teens themselves think they’re addicted to their smartphones. Such a high level of usage makes it easy for teens to develop an addiction to their phones and many parents and teens are oblivious to the dangers this presents. For starters, dangerous levels of phone use could lead to internet addiction. This could in turn spiral to serious iss...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Children and Teens Family Habits Parenting Students Technology Adolescence Smartphone Source Type: blogs
They are tempting to overlook but toxic over time. Over the past few months, many readers have contacted me after seeing my posts on the signs of emotional abuse in controlling relationships and how to begin to extract yourself from one. It is startling the number of otherwise “normal” people who are trapped in a long-standing abusive relationship that might make most people’s hair stand on end. Even more subtle, however, are the toxic behaviors that a lot more of us have come to consider as “normal.” Your relationship may be far from a classically controlling one, but there could still be ind...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Publishers Relationships YourTango Emotional Abuse toxic hehavior Toxic Relationships Source Type: blogs
Nobody likes to be criticized, but it can be particularly difficult for individuals who are self-critical and/or socially anxious. Self-critical individuals often have high levels of unhealthy perfectionism. They frequently have ongoing internal dialogues that are harshly self-judgmental. Having someone else be critical can then act like salt to the wound and trigger feelings of shame and/or anxiety at being exposed as deficient. Individuals who are self-conscious and socially anxious are fearful of being judged and often avoid situations where they are at risk of being evaluated in some way.     When judged...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Bullying Communication Perfectionism Relationships Self-Esteem Self-Help Coping Skills Criticism Source Type: blogs
​It's a good idea to find the ring cutter in your department before you need it. Know where it is, what the box looks like, and if it's electric or manual. Some departments may even keep it in the PIXIS or medication dispensary machine. You will also want to know where you keep your vice grips, wire cutters, and spreaders.A patient with a hand injury must have his ring removed immediately. Lacerations, crush injuries, burns, degloving injuries, fractures, and even hand or finger contusions require prompt removal of any constrictive device. Swelling in the distal extremity can occur around the injury. The space in the han...
Source: The Procedural Pause - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs
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