Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):
“Doctor, Please do something”, cried Mrs. Sharma*. She was describing her child’s behaviour. He was a lean, fair teenage boy. Even as she was speaking we could observe that the boy was constantly squirming in his seat and his expressions were changing. Two three times he even got up from the seat to exit the chambers and was forced by his father to sit. Generally adolescent age children are rebellious and prone to mood swings but the parents narrated he was very aggressive, uses abusive language and beats his mother and other children. He cannot bear slight contradiction. If stopped from doing any activity or denied giving any object of his desire then all hell breaks loose. He would clench his teeth in anger, his face would become flushed, and he would throw a fit of anger but later repent. And it was a daily affair. Complaints from school were increasing and he was assessed to be having Oppositional Defiant Disorder
What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) & What causes Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)?
It is a behavioural disorder characterized by a combative or aggressive behaviour displayed by frequent anger out bursts, defiance and disrespectful behaviour. It is most commonly found as a co morbid with Attention deficiency hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The cause for ODD is not known clearly known but the factors leading to other behavioural disorders like genetics, environment or sensitized immune and nervous system could pay a role. Trigger factors could be stress, hormonal changes, and substance abuse.
What are the symptoms of ODD?
To be diagnosed as ODD the symptoms should be persistent and present for at least six months. The common symptoms displayed by the affected are:
- Belligerence or Violent Behaviour
- Using bad abusive or vulgar language
- Being defiant, not following rules and indulge in frequent arguments
- Violent anger out bursts
- Disrespectful, infuriating behavior
- Grudge-bearing, revengeful attitude
- Lack flexibility and adaptability
- Blaming attitude, lacking responsibility
Homeopathy Treatment For ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder):
Homeopathy Treatment: is given based on person constitution. By constitution it means a person’s mental, physical, likes, dislikes, emotions, dreams, sleep pattern are considered and a suitable remedy is given. The homeopathy medication helps to tone down the aggressiveness, restlessness and violent outbursts without any side effects like drowsiness, gaining weight etc. Given below are few homeopathic medications which may be helpful in ODD behaviour
Anacardium Orientale: An excellent remedy for persons with behavioural disorders. Abusive, slight causes make him extremely angry. There are unsocial; can be willful, cruel and malicious and can do bodily injury without any feeling.
Capsicum: It is well suited to very obstinate children. They take offence to trifles. Extremely peevish mentality. Even in midst of joking he becomes angry from slightest cause. Always on lookout for insults. Even if want something if proposed by another they would oppose it.
Chamomilla: A chamomilla child is exceedingly irritable and fretful. Highly capricious, wants and demands new things but when offered petulantly refuse it. Overtly snappish cannot give a civil reply.
Cina: A marked feature running through this remedy is touchiness. He does not even want anyone to look at him. Very cross, irritable, ill humored child. In anger they may indulge in head banging, biting and other such violent behaviour. Very obstinate, stubborn like a mule.
Sanicula: Sanicula children are very head strong, obstinate, their cry and kick others in anger. Very cross, irritable with changeable moods. They sweat profusely especially on head and neck. Very restless, jump from one activity to other.
Tuberculinum: A Disobedient child. He is prone to use abusive, swearing language. Fits of violent anger. Sensitive, every trifle irritates. Highly dissatisfied, reckless, constantly want change.
Te above given medications are only selected few, like wise many medications are present which are selected based only the symptoms presented.
In the above described case a dose of Tuberculinum 10M was given followed by Cuprum Sulph 1M. His aggressiveness now reduced, he stopped beating others, and his sitting tolerance improved. Though occasionally he has anger outbursts but they are controlled.