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Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Los Angeles, CA with Dr. Thomas Hughes

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Your little angel isn’t always an angel. Every child will have times when they struggle and refuse to listen. That said, if your child displays a consistent pattern of anger, irritability, and defiance, they may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

This condition can be challenging to deal with as a parent, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Contact psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas Hughes, for personalized help and information about this challenging condition. He specializes in helping teens develop the tools to overcome ODD and other conditions, empowering them to thrive in a complicated world.

What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional defiant disorder can significantly impair the ability to function in typical social situations. It often develops in childhood and is almost always seen before the early teen years.

Although periods of defiance are normal, ODD can be diagnosed when symptoms are seen for more than six months and are interfering with daily activities.

ODD manifests as a strong defiance to authority figures, including parents, teachers, and other adults. Many children with ODD also struggle in their interpersonal relationships with peers.

The Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Los Angeles, CA

Symptoms of ODD include:

Loses their temper frequently, easily annoyed, often resentful

May argue with adults or those in authority, defies or refuses to comply with requests, blames others for their mistakes, deliberately annoys or upsets others

May be spiteful or vindictive if they are upset by others

The symptoms of ODD can range from mild to severe. They may be seen in all areas of life or may be focused in one or two areas, like at home or school. If left untreated, ODD symptoms may become more severe.

How Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treated?

Oppositional defiant disorder can be treated using cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Hughes uses the CUBE approach to empower his patients and provide them with the tools needed to overcome challenging behaviors and thrive.  His approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based and highly effective therapy technique for many psychological disorders.


Connect -Connection is the key to successful therapy. Patients need to feel safe and secure, so that they can open up and take advice. Dr. Hughes works to build therapeutic relationships with both teens and their parents. By working with the whole family, he can dramatically improve outcomes and ensure that his patients receive the support at home that they need to thrive.


Uplift -Change is difficult, but with hope, it is possible. Dr. Hughes helps patients to see the good in themselves and their situations, providing them with the confidence they need for lasting change.


Build -Navigating social interaction doesn’t come easily for every patient. Dr. Hughes helps teens to develop the tools they need for effective communication with their peers, teachers, parents, and others. These tools will prove useful throughout his patient’s lives.


Empower -Therapy doesn’t have to be a lifelong pursuit. Dr. Hughes wants to see his patients thrive on their own and works with them to develop self-sufficiency so they can tackle challenging situations, both now and in the future.

Dr. Hughes customizes his approach to each patient’s needs. With years of experience and training, he has many ideas for helping children, teens, and young adults with ODD.

Frequently Asked Questions About ODD

Dr. Hughes is expertly trained in using medications to treat these conditions but finds that many patients will not need them. If Dr. Hughes believes that your child will benefit from medication, he’ll discuss your options with you. He provides detailed information about the pros and cons of each treatment option so you can make an informed decision about the best way to help your child.

The exact causes of oppositional defiant disorder are unknown, but many factors can contribute to its development. It is often seen in families and is believed to have a genetic component. Biological factors, including trauma to the brain and abnormality in the brain’s ability to process neurotransmitters, may also play a role.

Oppositional defiant disorder is often seen in patients and families with ADHD. It may also co-exist with depression and substance abuse.

Oppositional defiant disorder is often seen in children and teens. Sometimes the condition is fleeting, resolving on its own as the child progresses through normal growth and development. Although the condition often resolves on its own with time, treating it can be valuable. Many children and teens with ODD struggle to create lasting relationships and may feel isolated by their peers. Helping children to recognize their problem behaviors and to develop new tools for communication and interaction can improve many aspects of their lives, including socialization, schooling, and family relationships. Early treatment helps to avoid more serious behavioral disorders from developing.

Parents often lack the tools to work with a challenging child to change their behaviors effectively. Dr. Hughes believes that a family-centered approach is essential when treating teens and young adults with oppositional defiant disorder. As he works with the child to build tools and establish new habits, he also works with parents, teaching them how to discipline and communicate with their struggling child adequately. If you’re struggling to know how to support your child with ODD, contact Dr. Hughes.

Improve your relationship with your child or teen. Oppositional defiant disorder can be treated with the help of Dr. Thomas Hughes, a licensed psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA, that specializes in working with teens and young adults along with their families. We invite you to contact our office to learn more.