Monday, October 18, 2010

I was alerted to this...

Isn't this quaint.

"ODD is a condition in which a child displays an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, hostile, and annoying behavior toward people in authority. The child's behavior often disrupts the child's normal daily activities, including activities within the family and at school."


Incidentally, this conspiracy site is missing the point: ODD is not a behavioural disorder that's being targeted toward  identifying in adults. It's a disorder being targeted at being identified in children, and one which legitimizes not looking into the reasons the child may be acting out. (Much like the current treatment of anxiety disorders.)

6 comments:

Pallas Renatus said...

People have a bad habit of treating their diagnoses as some malevolent "other being" to be fought, rather than as a part of themselves that needs work.

It's much more comforting to say "It's not him, it's his ODD" or "It's not me, it's my anxiety disorder", rather than to admit that there's something wrong with our child's "person", or our parenting, or ourselves.

Because admitting to ourselves that we are the source of our own ills is terrifying.

Rufus Opus said...

I like the "annoying behavior toward people in authority" symptom the best. If you're in authority, and you're annoyed by some kid's behavior, they're obviously an ODD child. If something isn't done, they'll grow up and join the ODDfellows secret society and subvert the youth. The lobotomy is the best thing we could have done for them, really. It was for their own good.

The Scribbler said...

Actually, that description sounds like a perfectly normal teenager to me.

(word verification: bleste. I feel so blessed!)

Rose Weaver said...

Oh, so that was (is?) my problem. I had ODD when I was a kid. My parents will thank you for this information. They'll now have validation that they did absolutely nothing which caused me to rebel. It was all my fault. They'll be so pleased.

Sheesh...

Norma said...

Agree with you here strongly. We tend to 'discover' disorders that somehow fit the structural needs of our institutions - the discovery of and medication for ADHD? Compare rates of diagnosis and treatment against rise in class sizes sometime. Now that does not mean that some kids don't have an issue with this - I have a kid who does. But we did therapy for YEARS first, discussed all sorts of issues and possible causes, and still support the child behaviorally and practically as well as with the (lowest possible dose and safest choice) prescribed medication.

Meds should not be the first line of treatment IMHO.

gwodder said...

When my wife was teaching preschoolers she said, "We have to call it Oppositional Defiance Disorder because we can't get away with calling it Bad Parenting Disorder."