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…”

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”

Oppositional Defiance?

I have written three extensively-researched articles about the topic of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (O.D.D.), in particular as it relates to ADHD.

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?”

O.D.D. Does Not Exist

O.D.D. Does Not Exist As promised at the end of my previous article, I will explain how my research and experience combined have taught me that Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is not a valid diagnosis approximately 99%* of the time. Please note: *99% is an entirely made-up statistic, however I will provide evidence to explainContinue reading “O.D.D. Does Not Exist”

Stop Calling Children “Defiant”

Just. Stop. Why We Must Stop Calling Children “Defiant” “Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told. Obedience is doing what is told regardless of what is right.” — H.L. Mencken “The symptoms of Compliance Acquiescent Disorder (CAD) include: defers to authority, actively obeys rules, fails to argue back, knuckles underContinue reading “Stop Calling Children “Defiant””