You remember your teenager days, but when you have your own defiant teenager, how do you judge what is normal and what is overboard?  How do you determine when you need to take action? When the behavior is too severe?

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

According to Psych Central, your defiant teenager may be suffering from a condition called oppositional defiant disorder if they frequently exhibit at least four of the following behaviors:

  • losing temper
  • arguing with adults
  • actively defying or refusing to comply with the requests or rules deliberately doing things that will annoy other people
  • blaming others for his or her own mistakes or misbehavior
  • being touchy or easily annoyed by others
  • being angry and resentful
  • being spiteful or vindictive

Repetitive Disrespect and Unwillingness to Compromise

Oppositional defiant disorder is more than the occasional disrespect. It involves hostility and unwillingness to compromise with anything, often leading to at-risk behaviors preventing the teen and the family from having an enjoyable, productive life.

Teen Wilderness Therapy Program

A wilderness therapy program can help your defiant teenager make positive changes and begin to respect authority. blueFire Wilderness is a one-of-a-kind wilderness treatment program that incorporates psychotherapy with adventure therapy and personal development. Male and female adolescents, ages 13 to 17, are immersed in a structured, therapeutic environment and given the opportunity to overcome challenges, learning how to effectively work with others.

blueFire Wilderness Therapy Is Set Apart

Unlike other therapy programs, blueFire offers a unique approach to helping teens. The treatment programs for each child are individualized and based on specific needs and struggles. Defiant teenagers learn to take responsibility for past actions and not only determine what issues they need to work on, but develop the proper coping mechanisms to do so, alongside family support. Help does not stop at the end of the program, as each client and parent is given a follow up plan for a successful return home or in determining proper follow-up placement.

Contact Us

If your son or daughter is constantly rebelling and displaying at-risk behaviors that are endangering herself and others, it may be time to seek more serious help. For help, direction and support with your defiant teenager, call blueFire Wilderness Therapy today at 844-413-1999 to speak with a member of our admissions team.


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