More of the same rubbish from the folks who brought you political correctness. Now we have, “Oppositional Defiant Disorder”. An excerpt:
In children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), there is an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that seriously interferes with the youngster’s day to day functioning. Symptoms of ODD may include:[ul][li]frequent temper tantrums [/li][li] excessive arguing with adults [/li]active defiance and refusal to comply with adult requests and rules
[li] deliberate attempts to annoy or upset people [/li][li] blaming others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior [/li][li] often being touchy or easily annoyed by others [/li][li] frequent anger and resentment [/li][li] mean and hateful talking when upset [/li][li] seeking revenge[/ul][/li][/quote]
What I see in the above description is, “bully in the making.” What compels people to come up with over-elaborate names for simple bad manners? I’m beginning to be (actually, I’m already) fed up with this sort of lame brain 'explaining-away" of fairly easy to address issues. The kid’s a bully? Fine, a progressive series of time-outs, groundings and finally spankings are in order. Still got a problem? Maybe military school will put some lead in his pencil.
Coddling little buggers by calling them Oppositionally Defiant when they’re merely being rude and violent is much like recent proposals to eliminate the F grade in some British schools. There’s something very ODD going on around here and it seems to be located between the ears of sub-morons who come up with this crap.