I’m not sure how to even ask this...my boys have ADHD and ODD. Everything I’ve read about ODD so far focuses on management tips like focus on relationships, learning when to ignore certain behaviors, staying calm, etc. granted I don’t always do those things perfectly but we do try our best.
The thing is, when they are on medication, we have zero problems with ODD. They are happy to do whatever with no fight. When they first wake up, they are itching for a fight. I can tell they are intentionally trying to get me upset and they smile and have a joyful sparkle in their eyes while doing it. Once their medication kicks in all that stops, until the meds wear off. I guess my question is, does all the behavior modifications and try this and try that really work? It may be partly learned behavior/habit that makes them want to have conflicts, but it HAS to be a physical problem in their brains as well for the medication to help as much as it does.
Anyone have an answer for this?