Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a way of describing when a young person develops a pattern of negative or ‘bad’ behaviour towards authority figures like teachers or parents. Children with ODD find it difficult to do what they are told. They might blame others for their mistakes, and lose their temper easily. It is important that young people get support to overcome these kinds of problems, or they may come up against big problems in later life, like getting in trouble with the PSNI. There is more information on behavioural problems on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website: www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/parentscarers/behaviouralproblems.aspx

Parents have a very important role to play in helping young people overcome behaviour difficulties. Parenting NI runs specialist courses to support parents who are faced with difficult behaviours in their children and teenagers. More information can be found on their website www.parentingni.org/ or by calling the Parents Helpline on 0808 8010 722.

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