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Reactive attachment disorder - what is that?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Reactive Attachment : Is a disorder in children characterized by markedly disturbed & developmentally inappropriate ways of relating socially. For example, failure to initiate or respond to social interactions (inhibited form, or rad), or indiscriminate sociability with strangers (disinhibited vform, or dad). Cause is failure to form normal attachments to primary caregivers as result of neglect, abuse or separation.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have reactive attachment disorder?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Reactive attachment: disorder starts B4 age 5. Signs. Symptoms can begin during infancy.t: Withdrawn, sad listless appearance, Failure 2smile Failure 2 reach out when picked up No interest in interactive games No interest in playing w' toys Engaging in self-soothing behavior, i.e. rocking Calm when left alone Later children may exhibit disinterested (withdrawn) or disinhibited (over attention seeking) behaviors
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: reactive attachment disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
RAD: Markedly disturbed & developmentally inappropriate ways of relating socially to others. It arises from failure to form failure to form normal attachments to primary caregivers in early childhood, due to neglect or abuse or abrupt separation or frequent change of caregivers at age 6months to 3 years. It can be inhibited form (avoid comfort) or disinhibited (excessive indiscriminate seeking of atten.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is reactive attachment disorder & detachment issues?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Disturbance in...: Early attachments, often because of abuse or neglect, that interfere with a child's ability to bond to or respond appropriately to others. Considered a serious disorder. There may be disturbances in eating and failure to gain weight. Without intervention early on, the disorder can become relatively permanent and interfere with the ability to relate to others later on.

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