Individual CBT or problem solving approaches for conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

Strong evidence – there is lots of high-quality evidence that some young people find this treatment option helpful.

Individual CBT or problem solving approaches aim to help you:

  • manage your emotions to reduce aggressive behaviour and explosive outbursts
  • improve how you get on with other children or young people

These approaches can help you to increase your positive social behaviour by supporting you to make and sustain friendships, develop skills in expressing your own views and listening to other people. Part of this will help you to stop and think before responding to things.

Individual CBT or problem solving approaches might be suggested as part of another intervention (such as multisystemic therapy) and can be more helpful if your parents or carers are also receiving support with their parenting.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.





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