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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a clinically recognized form of severe insecure attachment. Children with RAD are so neurologically disrupted that they cannot attach to a primary caregiver or go through the normal developmental processes.

These children cannot establish positive relationships with other people. Many of these children may have been incorrectly diagnosed as having severe emotional and behavioral disturbances ranging from bipolar disorder to depression. In response to these diagnoses, they may have received various combinations of unnecessary psychotropic mediation.

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) can be especially challenging for parents, because children with RAD may have no interest in pleasing their parents – they do not reward parents with the cues of pleasure, appreciation and affection that motivate parental investment in children. In fact, a complete stranger may elicit the exact same response from a child with RAD as does a loving and protecting parent.

Families who have children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) will benefit from treatment and therapeutic parenting. In time and with patience, even severe attachment disorders can be repaired.

Other Useful Links regarding Attachment Issues

  • Attachment Issue Overview
  • Types of Attachment Styles
  • Prognosis and Treatment of Attachment Issues.
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