Q: “I’m raising a child who has ADHD, and, at times, seems to act with willful defiance. When he loses his temper, annoys his sibling, or argues with teachers, I’m not sure how to handle it.
Do you have suggestions?”With or without a diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), many children with ADHD can get overly angry, irritable, and argumentative. Home life can feel stressful and out of control when you’re living with an emotionally dysregulated child who doesn’t listen or who seems to consistently misbehave.
In these situations, the path toward longer-term solutions begins by focusing on what we can actually control as parents. Follow these steps:[Download: A 2-Week Guide to Ending Defiant Behavior]Mark Bertin, M.D., is a developmental pediatrician in Pleasantville, New York, and author of How Children Thrive and Mindful Parenting for ADHD.SUPPORT ADDITUDE Thank you for reading ADDitude.
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