Having a difficult, even explosive, adolescent can be taxing on families, teachers, fellow students, and friends of the troubled teen. The afflicted teen simply does not have the skill-set to respond appropriately to a given challenge, request, rule, or task, therefore they act out by expressing their frustration in a negative fashion. The bad behavior leads to punishments, which leads to more acting out, like a vicious cycle.
There is a common co-occurrence with ADHD among teens with ODD. In addition, teens with ODD may also struggle with anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and learning disorders. A thorough assessment will provide the diagnostic details that can help the psychiatrist form a treatment plan. Having in place an oppositional defiant disorder treatment plan for is important for parents who are weary from attempts to manage the ODD on their own.