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  • Lindsay P. South

The Myths of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

My child is holding us hostage!

“Everything is a fight. Nothing is easy”!

I can’t begin to count the number of patient evaluations or school consultations I have done over thirty years that begin with these words. Parents and kids usually struggle with this dilemma long before they get a psychiatric consultation.

In school, teachers and paraprofessionals, social workers, psychologists, and administrators have often spent hours huddling about these students, with emails and phone calls flying between home and school.

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