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I have worked with children with the disorder. Usually, the behavior has underlying issues. Also, keep in my that being a teenager can be a difficult time in the developmental stage. What’s the home life like? What’s school and peer’s like? There can be many reasons behind the behavior so if you find out what the underlying issue is and address it the defiance may cease.
Conduct disorders in children can lead to more serious problems in adulthood so now is the time to figure out if the behavior is the result of stressor’s, normal development or something more serious.
I hope this was helpful. A comprehensive assessment usually goes into some of what I’ve mentioned.
Take care,

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So I am a divorced mom with a nine year old son whom has been diagnosed with op positional defiant disorder, also adhd, and possible social sensory disorder. I am totally freaking out. we have tried so many meds and nothing seems to work long term, also the weight gain on the meds have been awful. I need help…. He is angry all of the time and frustrated and now is becoming physically abusive as well as verbally abusive to others.

Hi Everybody
A neuropsychiatric evaluation may be in order. I wonder if one of the Mayo advocates would join in here and let us know what Mayo has to offer?

Hi Robin
Mom’s with challenging kids always get a big hug from me ((((Robin))).
My Baby has reactive attachment disorder, which includes some rather oppositional defiant behaviors. She is frequently inattentive as well, tho I am giving that some more time to hopefully work itself out without meds (she’s only 6). She also has had various autistic and sensory integration issues.
It is so hard to pick out what is a ‘behavior ‘ issue and what is faulty wiring. I found the love and logic parenting class very helpful. I am in no way affiliated with them so I will post the link for you: http://www.loveandlogic.com/
I also found it helpful to pick just one big issue to address at a time.
Are you in the US? Does he have an IEP at school?
Are you getting adequate respite time away from him?
Welcome Aboard!

Thanks for replying. I am most worried about the aggression at this point.. I will definitely check out the link. thank you.
Happy mothers day

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