Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…

Oppositional Defiant Disorder doesn’t exist, but children needing connection do To fellow parents who have struggled, I see you. My son is an intense kiddo. He’s twice exceptional: gifted and neurodivergent (confirmed ADHD and anxiety, possibly also Autistic). We’ve certainly had our share of power struggles and challenging behaviours. When I say O.D.D. does not exist, I am not saying it’sContinue reading “Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…”

Demanding Blind Obedience is Dangerous 

Those who subvert authority change the world for the better “He doesn’t respect authority.” Good, he shouldn’t. Not without good reason. “He needs to do what he’s told.” Again, not without good reason. If you want people to respect you, first make sure you’re behaving like someone worthy of respect. “When we become untrustworthy, childrenContinue reading “Demanding Blind Obedience is Dangerous “

Opposing Opposition

And defying defiance: My story series on O.D.D. Opposing Opposition and Defying Defiance My story series explaining the many problems with diagnosing children with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (O.D.D.). Firstly, stop calling children “defiant”. Just. Stop. Stop Calling Children “Defiant” Secondly: Yes, I’m okay with my son calling me out Also, O.D.D. Does Not Exist! O.D.D. Does Not Exist IContinue reading “Opposing Opposition”

ADHD and ODD: What’s the Connection?

I’d really like to rewrite these two sections of the DSM-5. ADHD and ODD: what’s the connection? Also: can we talk about the irony of hyperfocus? We ADHDers, who are known for being distractible, are also more likely to get stuck on something and unable to tear our attention away from it. The PFC isContinue reading “ADHD and ODD: What’s the Connection?”