Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Rebelling against authority can be considered normal developmental behavior for adolescents. However, when it becomes an ongoing pattern of defiant, uncooperative, talking back, and hostile behavior toward parents, teachers, and other authority figures, and it interferes with a youth’s daily functioning, you may be dealing with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). ODD is a mental health…

Anger, aggression and defiance: symptoms of adolescent behavioral/emotional disorders

We are often asked what kinds of diagnoses are treated at Red River Youth Academy. Our residential treatment program focuses on working with adolescent males who struggle with anger, aggression, and defiance – behaviors that are symptoms of underlying causes common with diagnoses such as: Oppositional Defiant Disorder Intermittent Explosive Disorder Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder…

The event for learning strategies and solutions for housing and recovery

This year’s National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, Sept. 28-30, at the Cox Business Center in Downtown Tulsa, offers three days of learning, idea sharing, and networking.  This year’s theme is “Ready for Zero: Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Housing and Recovery” with programming that emphasizes a wide variety of tools and strategies aimed at ending…

Back to School Part 3: Education in a residential treatment facility

While children across America head back to school, be it traditional public schools, private schools, home schools, or online schools, youth in residential treatment centers (RTCs) face a different kind of back-to-school experience. Youth in RTCs receive education services in a therapeutic environment with structured schedules that include a combination of educational, recreational, and clinical…