Occasional defiance is ordinary, such as when children or teenagers are trying to determine the boundaries parents or other authoritative figures have set. When a child or teenager is persistently disruptive, obstinate, or otherwise uncooperative, he or she may be struggling with oppositional defiance.

Common Symptoms of Opposition Defiance

• aggression
• irritability
• defiant behavior
• short temper
• disregard to rules or laws
• disregard to others
• disregard to consequence


Children and teenagers dealing oppositional disorder often have trouble in school or at home. They may also be suffering from other behavioral conditions, such as ADHD. Oppositional defiance generally is a product of mismanaged parenting or some disruptive occurrence during childhood.


Treatment for oppositional defiance can include medication and psychotherapy. Therapy emphasizes positive social behavior and encourages motivation and environmental interaction. When a person has trouble communicating, usually behaviors are used instead of words. A therapist can help with a client’s academic development and cultivate appropriate behaviors. A therapist can also facilitate family counseling, where family communication and dynamics can be optimized.

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Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists reinforce positive emotions, placing emphasis on positive behaviors and the connection these behaviors have with feelings.

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