This is NEDA’s summary of the study.
I don’t believe there’s such thing as ODD. If there is, I am personally proud to have it among my collection of labels.
ODD= Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Please, we need more of this! Never, ever shut up! Just think: instead of going to a hospital to enjoy the company of your treatment buddies, you can be proudly marching in the streets holding signs. You can be writing to your legislators. You can be speaking out at the schools. You can refuse to be forcibly weighed at school.
I told you that in junior high I protested the girls’ dress code by being the first girl to wear “slacks” to school? This was a bit of a quirk. The protest was organized by eighth graders. An eighth grader told me about the protest. I never knew if she was mistaken about the date, or if the group of girls deliberately tricked me to embarrass me. Either is highly possible since I got teased a lot in school anyway. So I ended up protesting a day early.
On the second day, the real protest day, about seven of us showed up in pants. We got sent to the principal’s office. I remember he told the group that he was going to be lenient on me since I was a seventh grader and they were eighth graders. None of us got as much as a slap on the wrist, though. Because of our actions, our nonviolent self-expression and First Amendment rights, we won!
Keep on speaking out and I will too. Access to treatment will not help unless the treatment itself is humane and respectful. I have yet to see or hear about those expensive residential centers actually being humane and respectful. Access to HUMANE treatment is my personal goal, and I hope it is yours, too. No more locking up and torturing kids!