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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Reactive Attachment Disorder (Overview)

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.


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How long does reactive attachment disorder typically last, can you get rid of it with treatment?

How long does reactive attachment disorder typically last, can you get rid of it with treatment?

It can last forever.: Reactive attachment process is a neurological disruption in social and self regulation created by poor infant nurturing. Individual and family therapy can help. Medications can help. However, it is not an easy thing to repair and often takes years to improve. Having healthy relationships during the rest of child and adult development will help a lot but is often not enough. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
19 doctors shared insights

Reactive Attachment Disorder (Overview)

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.


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I need a simple list of the symptoms of reactive attachment disorder.

I need a simple list of the symptoms of reactive attachment disorder.

RAD: RAD is not accepted diagnosis by all drs. However there appear to be a group of children that were chronically and severely tramatized in early childhood and failed to bond with close family members. They often have severe behavior problems, opposition to authority, wander the house at night, can be aggressive, fail to show empathy for others, but can also be very charming, and are delinquent. ...Read more

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Is reactive attachment disorder just a phase that will go away eventually?

Is reactive attachment disorder just a phase that will go away eventually?

No: Reactive attachment disorder (rad) is one of the more severe childhood mental health diagnoses which almost always requires intensive professional intervention. One of the reasons for this is that children with rad fundamentally have difficulty establishing close relationships with caregivers, which is an essential requirement for both affect and behavioral regulation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between reactive attachment disorder and asperger's?

What is the difference between reactive attachment disorder and asperger's?

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. ...Read more

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Reactive attachment disorder - what is that?

Reactive attachment disorder - what is that?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have reactive attachment disorder?

How to know if I have reactive attachment disorder?

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 ...Read more

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What is reactive attachment disorder & detachment issues?

What is reactive attachment disorder & detachment issues?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to control reactive attachment disorder?

What is the best way to control reactive attachment disorder?

Reactive Attachment: Provide emotionally available attachment figures, individual & family therapy, treat aggression & oppositional problems, educate re. Parenting skills. ...Read more

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What are some success stories regarding reactive attachment disorder?

Adverse early life : experiences cause neurobiological & neuroendocrine changes in infants', toddlers' & children's brains till ~ age 5. RAD requires evaluations by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician, child psychiatrist & child (neuro)psychologist for comorbid neurodevelopmental & psychiatric disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2809447/ has examples of improvement with multimodal treatments. ...Read more