While some degree of opposition to authority may occur in an adult’s life, when this opposition turns into a pattern of excessive rule breaking and defiance that creates problems in all areas of a person’s life, this can suggest the presence of oppositional defiant disorder. Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a mental health illness that includes patterns of hostility and disobedience toward authority figures, such as police officers or other people in positions of authority. Men and women with ODD may also display angry and irritable moods and act out in argumentative and vindictive behaviors.
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with ODD, there is help available. The staff at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital is here to provide your loved one with the help and support he or she needs. We have a leading team of experts that can provide an important person in your life with the tools needed to work through this difficult time.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If a man or woman in your life has been overly argumentative or displaying angry behavior, it may indicate that a much more serious problem is at hand. At times, it may be difficult to recognize the difference between a strong will and someone who may be suffering from oppositional defiant disorder. Here are some signs that may indicate the presence of oppositional defiant disorder:
- Defiant behaviors are persistent
- Disruptive in home and work environments
- Refusal to comply with rules or laws
- Deliberately annoying others
- Hostility directed toward authority figures
- Being spiteful or vindictive
- Acting aggressively toward peers, partners, or other people in his or her life
If you are concerned about your loved one’s behavior, it is important for you to encourage this individual to seek help. The earlier this disorder is diagnosed, the better. Here are some tips that may help you through the treatment process:
- Thoroughly discuss treatment options with a mental health professional.
- Speak with your loved one about his or her need for treatment.
- Encourage your loved one to schedule as assessment for treatment.
- Advise your loved one to follow through on the treatment recommendations given to him or her.
- Offer to support your loved one during this difficult time.
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
If not properly treated, managing the symptoms of ODD can be very difficult. Those struggling with ODD symptoms often have a hard time maintaining employment, abstaining from interaction with law enforcement, and sustaining healthy relationships with others. Furthermore, men and women who are grappling with untreated ODD symptoms may go on to develop other mental health concerns or turn to the abuse of substances to cope with their strife. For these reasons, it is important for a person with this illness to receive effective treatment.
Oftentimes, an inpatient treatment program that specializes in treating individuals who have been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder can be one of the most beneficial ways of getting help. The staff in an inpatient program will be able to determine a person’s needs and develop a treatment plan specifically for him or her. Through therapy, a man or woman can explore his or her feelings and develop anger management skills that can help him or her effectively handle situations that may be overwhelming. Most inpatient programs also provide family therapy, which can help to address any familial dysfunction and get everyone on the same page.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize the long path that has brought you to our door, and it is our mission to accept responsibility as the destination at the end of that long journey. We are committed to giving one hundred percent of ourselves in effort and training to become experts in our field. Our mission is to provide exceptional treatment and therapeutic programming in a safe environment, sending our clients out our door and on to a life of recovery.
Types of Treatment Offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arrival at Greenleaf, each client will complete an initial assessment, which will then be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists in order to confirm admission. This evaluation will give us a better understanding of an individual’s presenting concerns, including the presence of any co-occurring disorders. Our programs are designed to meet the individual needs of our clients through a comprehensive and compassionate approach, led by a team of highly trained psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Some of the treatment methods we use here at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital include:
Medication management: Depending upon an individual’s needs, treatment plans may include the use of medication. Medication is not generally used in the treatment of ODD unless the person is struggling with symptoms of another mental health disorder. But the implementation of any medications will always be determined on a case-by-case basis. Any person who is prescribed medication will meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis and are a time where clients can meet privately with a therapist. These sessions can help individuals learn how to more appropriately manage their anger and express their feelings.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are held four times a day and include discussions on a wide variety of topics. Some of the major topics covered in these group sessions include stress management, anger management, effectively expressing emotions, communication, and life skills.
Family therapy: After an initial session at the time of admission, family therapy is held on an as-needed basis. Additionally, education is provided to those who have a family member in our treatment center, which can help them learn more about ODD and the impact that the disorder can have on their loved one.
Recreational therapy: Recreational therapy is held once a day for adults and provides them with the opportunity to participate in activities such as tennis, basketball, swimming, or gym time.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we are proud to offer a variety of levels of care for our clients so that we are able to meet their ongoing needs. As discharge approaches, you will work closely with your treatment team to create an aftercare plan that assists you in sustaining lifelong recovery. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adults that meets four hours per day. This program is designed to allow you to slowly reintegrate back into your regular life while continuing to work on healing. Some clients find that they have made enough progress in our inpatient program that they are able to return home with referrals to outpatient therapy and/or available community resources. Greenleaf also holds an aftercare program each Thursday evening to assess each client’s ongoing wellbeing and assist with any roadblocks they may have come across while returning to their daily lives.