As a leading provider of mental health services, Cross Creek Hospital prides itself in being able to offer services for even the most concerning of mental health conditions, including behavioral disorders like oppositional defiant disorder. Also known as ODD, oppositional defiant disorder is a mental health disorder that affects many children and adolescents. This disorder includes behavioral and emotional disturbances that can hinder an individual’s ability to function in a number of settings. Young people with this mental illness display overtly defiant behaviors and have a great deal of difficulty understanding other’s actions and verbal communication as being non-hostile. These disturbances ultimately cause them to act in manners that render a number of adverse effects in several settings. If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with ODD, let Cross Creek Hospital be the answer to your child’s mental health needs.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Parents and caregivers of young people who battle oppositional defiant disorder often feel a wide range of emotions when trying to care for their children. They may feel not understand why their child acts in the manner he or she does. They may feel frustrated when their child explicitly disobeys them. They may feel emotionally drained as efforts to curb maladaptive behaviors seem futile. And while these feelings can seem overwhelming at times, there are some things that parents and caregivers can do to help their child get the treatment he or she needs:
- Learn all that you can about oppositional defiant disorder, include the signs, symptoms, and effects. By educating yourself about this mental health condition, you will be able to understand the full scope of what your child is going through, in addition to being able to realize the severity of your child’s symptoms.
- Research options for care that meet the unique needs of your child.
- Contact your treatment provider of choice and inquire about the admissions process and treatment methods utilized.
Once you have engaged your child in treatment, it is a good idea to then do the following:
- Be an active part of your child’s care.
- Offer your unconditional support.
- Consult with the mental health professionals facilitating your child’s treatment. These professionals can offer you guidance in managing behaviors at home, inform you about any medications that could be/are prescribed, and update you on the progress of your child while he or she is in their care.
By following through on the aforementioned suggestions, you are being a proactive advocate for your child. By getting your child treatment for ODD, you are making a positive step towards bettering your child’s mental health and overall wellbeing.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
Youth who do not receive therapeutic interventions to alleviate the symptoms of ODD often face a number of challenges in several areas of their lives. Within a school setting, children and adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder may receive disciplinary action from school personnel for acting out or being disrespectful towards others. With regards to social interactions with peers, young people with ODD may have a hard time forming relationships with youth their own age because of their difficulty in interpreting social cues. At home, children and adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder often have increased levels of conflict with loved ones, especially in situations in which caregivers attempt to cease problematic disobedient behaviors. By engaging in treatment for ODD, a young person can come to understand why certain behaviors are unacceptable or inappropriate. Additionally, caregivers can learn ways of helping their child at home so that the emotional and behavioral disturbances that are cornerstone to this condition do not continue to cause a great deal of disruption.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of oppositional defiant disorder with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize patient care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who are engaged in services at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: The use of psychotropic medications may be used in conjunction with other therapeutic methods as a means of fully treating the symptoms of ODD. A patient’s need for medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are also nurses on staff who assist in monitoring medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions can be added whenever needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment teams, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and afford patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, and to track treatment goals.
Family therapy: Family involvement is important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of those who are struggling with oppositional defiant disorder, this can be a time for them to learn about the illness itself, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can be of best support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in can include:
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, keeping a diary, completing homework assignments, and other writing tasks.
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing health interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on obtaining recovery and maintaining stability.
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Addictions groups apply the 12-step addictions model for recovery to a wide range of self-destructive behaviors, including self-mutilation, disordered eating, and unhealthy personal relationships.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for our patients using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Animal assisted therapy
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery after completing inpatient care at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do all that we can to help you or a loved one become well again so that the much deserved bright future is realized and within reach.