Getting Help

One of the best things you can do for yourself, your family, and your child is to get yourself some help. Here are some things that I've found useful. I hope they help you, too.


Books

Russell A. Barkley, "Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents"

Ross Green, "The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, 'Chronically Inflexible' Children"

Ross Green, "Lost at School: Why our Kids with Behavioural Challenges Are Falling through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them"


Web sites

http://www.aacap.org/cs/ODD.ResourceCenter

http://www.livesinthebalance.org/

http://www.thinkkids.org/

12 comments:

  1. I am certain my 7 yr old son has had ODD for sometime. The dr's keep telling me he is just all boy, but our family is barely functioning thru each day and I truly feel I have to do something. His father blames me, I didnt say something right or do it right. I cant beg the child to cooperate daily. I have read so many books and tried so many approaches. I feel it may be time for medication and therapy and hope. If not ill be on antidepressants. It is so hard to continue on each day just putting our fires and having no joy. : ( so thanks for blogging about your experiences. danajhake@yahoo.com

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  2. Everything I have read so far is MY life. I am actually on antidepressants now because of the constant struggles and every waking minute battles with my ADHD/ODD/OCD son. For ten years now, no behavioral therapy has helped so I really appreciate all the information you have given. It feels wonderful to know that I am not alone and that I am not imagining that my life is a constant battle.

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  3. My son was diagnosed ADHD/ODD when he was 5 and let me tell you, every thing you wrote under The Odd Child tab hit home. He is now 14 and doing better as using his tools that he learned from counseling and us to take control and not let it control him. Him and I have been collaborating on writing a childrens book about how he felt during his rages.

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    1. My son is 6 and has ODD/ADHD. How is the children's book coming along? My son says he feels like his head is spinning when he has his rages.

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  4. My son is 10. He was hyperactive at two y/o. Back then, I thought he was just being a little boy. The risk taking behaviors were there , the tantrums were there, but I thought he would grow out of it. As he grew, he faced other challenges in life. He was diagnosed with ADHD by his pediatrician. He wouldnt do any work in school or talk to any teachers. He finally got help at school. Every year he does better by January, then great by April. Then it all starts up in the fall again. He was bullied by older boys all summer. Recently he was caught bullying a smaller kid on the bus! This is heartbreaking ! I feel bad for him getting bullied, now It hurts so much that he is bullying a smaller kid!!! Unbelievable how bad this hurts. I want him to be happy. He has a short fuse and cries in school sometimes. Other kids see him screaming and 'want to be his friend. He admitted he hit the kid and was really non chalant when he spoke about it. Thats what scares me. The school psych said its part of his emotional disability , but its still so sad!

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  5. I finally found someone who understands my life! I am a kindergarten teacher and beat myself up constantly for not being able to handle my ODD 7 year old daughter. She is on medication, behavior therapy, etc....I still need help!

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  6. This describes my life! My ADHD 7 year old daughter behaves like this, I'm pretty sure she has ODD too. We have an apt for her in June at a children's hospital. I've started antidepressants because it's tearing me apart. One day things are great, the next if something disrupts our schedule or doesn't go how she wants things go bad, she throws things at me, hits screams and just melts down. But when it's over she's running around yelling I love you mom.

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  7. My son is 11 and 2 months ago he was diagnosed with PTSD. But for years I have been telling and arguing with my sons therapist that there is something else. Finally they have diagnosed him with ODD a month ago on top of PTSD. they have medicated him but as soon as they diagnosed the odd they changed his medication from Zoloft to something else. Thankfully my sister in law found this site cause I was seriously beginning to think it was my fault everything is happening like this like my son repeatedly tells me.. Even on his meds he is that way if not worse. Thank You for showing me it not just me. Now my family at least understands why he treats them like he does.

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  8. My 3 boys are all "on the spectrum" -- as even ADHD & ODD are described as now. I recommend researching MTHFR defects, having an integrative medicine physician test for food sensitivities and then trying drastic diet changes based on testing & implementing supplements as recommended based on any MTHFR defect results. Give it some months, you will most likely be amazed by the changes. I was (literally) so at my wits end that I felt ready to run away. In addition to a great psychologist for my boys (ours recommends all of Dr Greene's books) and all that I have learned about the genetic component and dietary aspect of my boy's issues (ADHD, ODD, Sensory issues, Anxiety, tics) have made me feel (mostly) sane again.

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