ODD or, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, is the trendy new diagnosis for the growing number of adolescent boys growing up in the ever-increasing number of single mother-headed homes in this Matriarchal Nanny State Feedlot we call "civilization."
According to Winston Wiki over at the Ministry of Truth:
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a diagnosis described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an ongoing pattern of anger guided disobedience, hostilely defiant behavior toward authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behavior. People may appear very stubborn and often angry.
Ya don't say? And what exactly is the definition of "normal childhood behavior?"
The child must exhibit 4 out of the 8 signs and symptoms listed below in order to meet the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic threshold for oppositional defiant disorder
- Actively refuses to comply with majority's requests or consensus supported rules
- Performs deliberate actions to annoy others
- Angry and resentful of others
- Argues often
- Blames others for his or her own mistakes
- Has few or no friends or has lost friends
- Is causing constant trouble at school
- Spiteful or seeks revenge
- Touchy or easily annoyed
Generally, these patterns of behavior will lead to problems at school and other social venues.
Now we have a medical establishment that deals with treating this disorder with medication and counseling, all paid for with insurance or State funded, tax-redistribution programs.
Here's the testimony of one Mother who discovered her son was afflicted with O.D.D.:
What does mental illness look like in a child? In my home it looks like moments of rage. It's walls being decorated with outlined fists. It's yelling and screaming. It's not cute. Or pretty. And now that my 13-year-old baby is taller than me and stronger than me, peace feels like an accident in my home.
This sounds really familiar....oh yeah, I remember now, T. over at The Rawness wrote about these "symptoms" 5 years ago:
Like all young men of all races, they have testosterone surges making them aggressive and competitive. However they don’t have reliable older men to teach them how to channel this testosterone-fueled aggression positively, and this creates an insecurity in their male identity causing them to create their own hyper exaggerated ideal of what a man should be. Super macho, obnoxious, fearless to the point of knuckle headed, overaggressive…basically the parody of manhood we see in gangster rap. It’s overcompensation to the worst degree.
But even though they are doing their best to be supernigga, they still end up doing things in a feminine way because feminine influences are most of what they know. Most of their role models and involved family members are women, and the few men in their lives were likely raised by only women too. And it shows in how they handle conflict: grudges are held forever, they never know how to let anything slide, they think primarily with emotion and are prone to outbursts, drama and confrontation and most importantly, they don’t know how to choose their battles.
Gee, wonder if that's the case with the previously mentioned testimony from the single mother of an O.D.D. afflicted boy?
My son was a week old the morning his father threatened me with a butcher knife because I tried to wake him up to go to work. While our relationship was an abusive one, up until this point it was always at the venom of his words or fists. I remember holding my newborn in my arms at the door of our apartment. It was May. I was barefoot. I just kept thinking, If I can get to the other side of the door, we'll be safe. I remember standing nose to nose with this beast and I prayed to God as if each word were sacred. If it meant my son would be protected, I was ready for my flesh to be sacrificed and sliced. Not soon after, I would turn to my family and friends and begin my new adventure of motherhood joining the ranks of The Nation of Single Moms.
Thirteen years later, I would once again be threatened with a knife. This moment would be much like the first over something very simple. This day the man-child holding the knife would be my son the very child I was willing to get cut to protect was now turning into the man he has never known.
Of course. Most likely because the man he has never known, most likely never knew his own father too.
O.D.D. is most certainly hereditary. It's just one facet of the CYCLE OF POVERTY.
As T. pointed out in The Myth of the Ghetto Alpha Male:
True male behavior isn’t being a drama queen, emotional outbursts and holding onto grudges; true male behavior is picking your battles, knowing when to fight and when to let things slide, analyzing things calmly and logically and having discipline over your moods and emotions and exercising emotional restraint. There are times when it’s acceptable to lose your shit and times when it’s not. These are things that a true mature male influence teaches you, and such influences have almost disappeared completely from the hood.
It's not just in the hood...it's everywhere in today's Brave New World Order.
From the About.com article, Statistics on Fatherless Children in America:
Aggression. In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed "greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households."- N. Vaden-Kierman, N. Ialongo, J. Pearson, and S. Kellam, "Household Family Structure and Children's Aggressive Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Urban Elementary School Children," Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 23, no. 5 (1995).
It would be more accurate to say "greater levels of uncontrolled aggression."
Young male aggression is normal, the disorder comes from not learning to channel it properly. This learning to channel aggression in a positive manner is best done through having a male role model intimately involved in the boys life. Monkey see, monkey do.
The problem is most single mother's don't find this out until their young boys are too big and strong for them to physically restrain and discipline. At that point, it's too late.
As our Mother of an ODD child wrote:
I have devoted my life to creating a healthy and happy world for my son. Mental illness is a beast. You cannot love mental illness away. I know because I have tried. You cannot spank mental illness away.The real mental illness here, is to point to a list of symptoms and say that the child has "a disorder" as if it were simply a communicable disease he caught, and some Big Pharma medications will help to "manage the condition."
Managing the condition is not the best solution for the ODD afflicted child...but it certainly is the most profitable one. Besides, the cure is beyond any pill or shot the Pharmaceutical industry could research, develop, test and market.
That's because their really is only one real cure for ODD - the DAD.
H/T to Troll King for link sharing over at the Spearhead