How A Horse Gave Me Clarity

I rode on a horse for the first time in my life the other day. I wanted to do it for several reasons – I’ve never really been around animals much, I wanted to do something new and different, and I wanted to understand the connection between the human spirit and that of a horse’s. […]

Is ODD Preventable?

There is absolutely no evidence that ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) is preventable.  If you ask me, I don’t think it is.  But I truly believe that the severity and duration of the symptoms or behaviors can be minimized.  As I’ve noted in the post Lessons Learned from ADHD & ODD, there seems to be a […]

Why I Chose No Medication for My Son’s ODD

I never really seriously considered medication for my son.  He was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when he was 5 years old.  At the same time, the doctor observed defiant behaviors but did not diagnose ODD (oppositional defiant disorder).  That early on and throughout the following years, many doctors recommended medication but I […]

Lessons Learned from ADHD & ODD

There’s a lot of things I probably could have done differently or better when it comes to raising my son, who has oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), early on.  It has been almost 12 years since his ADHD diagnosis.  I don’t say this out of regret but rather from a place of reflection, curiosity and an […]

No Shame Allowed

One of the most challenging aspects of managing behavioral disorders (ex: ADHD, ODD, conduct disorder, etc) is other people’s misconceptions about the disorders along with the misconceptions about the children & families affected by them. Unlike other mental health disorders that present physical symptoms, disorders like ADHD, ODD and conduct disorder (CD) present themselves externally […]