A 35-year-old member asked:
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what is the difference between reactive attachment disorder and asperger's?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Totally different: Reactive attachment disorder is an impairment in the ability of young children to create and maintain a strong bond with caregivers; it arises from a mismatch in child needs and parenting style. Although children with asperger's disorder also have trouble connecting with others, the problem is genetic, with a decreased drive to socially connect plus odd, intense interests.
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
37 years experience Psychiatry
The care giving: Reactive attachment disorder results when a child's emotional and physical needs are disregarded either through neglect or frequent changes of care giver. A change in care giving with consistency and love brings about a positive change in the child. Asperger's disorder on the other hand is a perversive developmental disorder and not caused by defective care giving.
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
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