I am looking for stories from other people for this site. If you have a child with ODD or any behavioral disorder you can either have them write something, or, if you wish, you can write a short story of a typical day, a bad day, or one of your good days. Please go to the submit story page OR e-mail me directly.
Welcome to a whole different way to look at behavioral disorders.
There are so many different disorders out there that it is nearly impossible to not have some sort of disorder, with three kids, all with some sort of diagnosis, I have lived through many things, seen many things, and researched even more. Sure, like many others, I could start a website/blog and tell you all I know of it. But I would just be another person for you to nod your head to and say "Yep, been there done that."
This is different.
The people that you will be hearing from on this site are the people with the disorders. They haven't studied the disorder like some doctor that will tell you that they don't know enough about it to give you a concrete way to deal with it. They didn't just write a book and think every one of these children are the same so "follow my advice and you'll have a better kid" . They are not parents, like myself, struggling to find a way to make things better so let's use this vast Internet to find more people like us and group together to form a group of therapy for ourselves.
They LIVE it.
In these pages that develop I hope to introduce you to many different kids with many different levels of disorders. O.D.D. (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) being the focus.
ODD doesn't come with it's own box. If a child has ODD, he most undoubtedly has something to go with it. ADHD, PDD-NOS, ADD, PDA, Asperger's, the list goes on.... So no matter what your doctor, therapist, teachers, or friends have told you that they think your child has, there may be some hope here. Let these children tell you how they act, how they feel, and how they think you can help.
I will be adding things as I go along, this is all so overwhelming to what to add and how to lay it out, so please, come with me on a journey to making this site a tool for all to use. Including your kids.
A little warning, there may be some swearing in this. If you have ODD or are a parent of an ODD child, this probably won't phase you, but the warning is there. I tend to keep out of any editing of words used in the stories. I may interject an idea, or maybe explain where the story was leading if the child may get you "lost" in the story, but I think it is important to hear the words as they came out of the child, not an edited parental version.
After all, that is the whole point of this.
Get started by clicking the ODD Blog tab above, or submit your own story, and please, sign the guest book with comments and suggestions!