Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is “a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures” (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The symptoms include the following: Actively does not follow adults’ requests, angry and resentful of others, argues with adults, blames others for own mistakes, in constant trouble in school, loses temper, spiteful and seeks revenge, touchy or easily annoyed. Recommended treatment includes psychotherapy and medication. A good case of ODD might lead to IED (intermittent explosive disorder), which according to the Mayo Clinic’s web site, “is characterized by repeated episodes of aggressive, violent behavior in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation.” We are told that people with IED “may attack others and their possessions, causing bodily injury and property damage.” Lisa Good, a child psychologist in Brisbane, Australia, says that over the past two years she diagnosed more children with ODD and conduct disorders than “autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety” (“They’re also walking IEDs,” Courier Mail, Brisbane, Aug. 19, 2012). Looking back on my childhood, ODD describes a lot of my schoolmates. We were told we were rebels and juvenile delinquents, and our preachers told us to repent, and some of us did just that! If you are a sinner, you can find salvation and change, but if you are “disordered,” even the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia admits that there is no guarantee of healing, because “some respond well to treatment, while others do not.” What a foolish age we live in! God said to Israel of old, “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:17).
(Friday Church News Notes, August 31, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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