Hi. My name is Sandi and I've been feeling pretty lost. I have an amazing difficult child as you guys call it named Tobias. He's about to turn 6. Recently it feels as if his behavior has escalated and he's doing things I'd never imagine a 6 year old to be doing. Most often it seems as if he's deliberately disobeying me, he's confrontational, always has to be right. He's been threatened to be kicked out of daycare a few times and it's not uncommon for daycare to ask to have him picked up for the day. It seemed to start when he hit about 2 1/2. I thought it was just terrible twos but this was outrageous. I considered many times taking him to the hospital. There had to be something wrong with him! I've been told many times he needs to see a counselor, a therapist, a psychologist. As his behavior seems to escalate, I believe now that they are correct. I'm at my wits end. I'm a single mom of him and his sister who seems to be an angel in comparison, hardly ever needing discipline. I feel like I'm harder on Tobi but it seems as if nothing works. No spanking, time outs, time ins, I've taken every last toy from him, made him sit on the couch alone in the quiet for hours. NOTHING works. He just gets up the next day and does THE EXACT SAME THING. I recently spoke with another parent who's son was diagnosed with ODD. I did some research and Tobias seems to exhibit almost all the symptoms as well as be subject to the causes. His father says I'm blowing it out of proportion. I feel like I have nowhere to turn, no one that understands. My son is a very loving, fun, and smart boy. But when he goes into a tantrum, it's like world war 3. I just don't know what to do anymore.