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Doctor insights on: Risks Of Adopting A Child With Reactive Attachment Disorder

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Is insecure attachments as a child associated with bipolar disorder as an adult?

Is insecure attachments as a child associated with bipolar disorder as an adult?

No: There is no evidence that bipolar disorder comes from attachment difficulties. It is generally a genetic illness. ...Read more

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Reactive Attachment Disorder (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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If a person with a severe mental disorder raises a child, can that child develop that specific disorde, toor?

If a person with a severe mental disorder raises a child, can that child develop that specific disorde, toor?

Possibly but...: It depends on the mental disorder and how it effects the caregiver and the child. Also, the genetic heritability of many mental disorders predispose the child, often to a greater degree than the environment. Still, if for instance, a parent has severe depression, and they are motivated to be compliant with treatment, see a therpaist, take meds if indicated, etc., then they can still be effective. ...Read more

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Is there a support system out there for parents of babies with dysphagia aka swallowing disorder?

Is there a support system out there for parents of babies with dysphagia aka swallowing disorder?

Childrens Hospitals: Most children with swallowing disorders are seen by a team of providers including occupational therapy, gastroenterology and sometimes ear, nose and throat. If you are associated with a children's hospital they can connect you a local support group. You are not alone in your community. ...Read more

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Is there a medical definition of "immuncompromised"? Would someone with a neutrophil count of 14.1 x10^9 or myeloproliferative disorder qualify?

Is there a medical definition of "immuncompromised"?  Would someone with a neutrophil count of 14.1 x10^9 or myeloproliferative disorder qualify?

Yes: Immunocompromised means that you have an impaired immune system but the impairment may be different from one individual to another. People with myeloproliferative disorder can indeed be immune- compromised due to diminished and/or defective number of immune cells (mostly lymphocytes) produced . Low but not high neutrophils also increases the risk to get seriously ill from even minor infections. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

Help please! is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

Group: This is a collection of different issues based on abnormal intellectual, communication or developmentall problems. It includes autism, asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental delay not otherwise defined.The classification is a needs based one rather than on origin.Classification allows schools and therapists to get appproval for the special therapy they require. ...Read more

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Does a father with choroid plexus cysts have an increased chance of fathering a child with genetic challenges?

Does a father with choroid plexus cysts have an increased chance of fathering a child with genetic challenges?

Genetic mutations : With choroid plexus cysts have other physical manifestations as well, according to the data base i reviewed. If you are concerned, ask your wife's ob/gyn for pre-pregnancy counselling by a prenatal genetic counselor to review your family history &your medical history. A chromosomal microarray ordered from lineagen at (801) 931-6224 can be done with a buccal swab kit that they send to the doctor. ...Read more

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Can a child make a full recovery from ptsd associated from child abuse?

Can a child make a full recovery from ptsd associated from child abuse?

Yes: Full recovery is very possible but it depends on many factors related to personality, environment, circumstances, and treatment. ...Read more

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Does being pregnant and have an anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a baby with autism or any other mental health problem?

Does being pregnant and have an anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a baby with autism or any other mental health problem?

No and Yes: Having anxiety disorder is not a risk factor for your baby developing autism. Anxiety is a common problem in populations. Having anxiety does increase the chances that the child may have a mental health problem. Anxiety runs in families. Definitely keep on top of your counseling, therapy and treatments during pregnancy and as a young parent. Untreated anxiety has bad effects on kids! ...Read more

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Are attachment problems a sign of child abuse?

Often not: Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused. Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young. ...Read more

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Is a loss of a significant love complicated by reoccurrence of anorexia after 10 years a depression really a mental illness or life occurence?

Is a loss of a significant love complicated by reoccurrence of anorexia after 10 years a depression really a mental illness or life occurence?

Best to get help: Either way, it's best to get help if you are having a recurrence of anorexia. Your therapist can help you figure out what the source of the problem is and whether you would benefit from counseling. ...Read more

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Can a child inherit multiple sclerosis from a parent?

Can a child inherit multiple sclerosis from a parent?

No: Ms is an auto-immune disorder that arises not from genetics but from a sequence of events in ones life that triggers the process. ...Read more

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Do kids whose parent is a hyper mensa type have a higher risk of asperbergers?

Do kids whose parent is a hyper mensa type have a higher risk of asperbergers?

Not Normally: I am not aware of any such research that would support that hypothesis. Individuals with asperger's disorder do not display any cognitive impairments and while they are speaking may be for a formalized, it does not necessarily mean they are themselves highly intelligent tend to be fairly intelligent. ...Read more

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Once a child has traits of antisocial personality disorder, is there any hope of reversing the traits?

Once a child has traits of antisocial personality disorder, is there any hope of reversing the traits?

YES: Child learns from example. People around him should show love, respect, friendliness , kindness and other positive behavior for him to follow.Soon he will realize the negative attitude he is showing and later grow up to a responsible loving person. Thank god! ...Read more

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Whats the longterm health implications for a child born with an extra digit on both hands?

Whats the longterm health implications for a child born with an extra digit on both hands?

Depends on variables: Most extra digits are poorly formed&attached by a thin stalk.These are often removed @ birth with no consequence.Occasionally we see completely formed extra fingers, usually on the pinky side & these are usually left alone. Other than being a curiosity, they function as normal fingers.The genetics are usually autosomal dominant but can skip several generations & express differently when seen. ...Read more

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Are intrusive thoughts a part of aspergers or a sign of something more? (regarding 7 y/o with as dx)

Are intrusive thoughts a part of aspergers or a sign of something more? (regarding 7 y/o with as dx)

Intrusive thoughts: Are not specific to any condition, may happen to anyone but most dismiss them. They can be distressing & may occur in obsessive-compulsive disorder, ptsd, other anxiety disorders, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, adhd, loss of reality contact, etc. People with aspergers may have intrusive thoughts & may have some of the conditions above. Seek psychological/psychiatric eval. ...Read more

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Oppostional difient disorderis there treatment for a adult with this disorder?

Oppostional difient disorderis there treatment for a adult with this disorder?

Mental Health: Oppositional behavior can be treated, consult with a clinical psychologist who is in your area. You need to understand the origin of your oppositional tendencies and then develop better ways of dealing with conflict in your life. Best. ...Read more

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Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Depends on MI: Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia. However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk. ...Read more

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Reactive attachment disorder - what is that?

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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?

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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

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

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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. ...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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I have reactive attachment disorder, having a hard time because of my mood issues?

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I have reactive attachment disorder, having a hard time because of my mood issues?

Reactive attachment: Schedule with a psychotherapist to help work on your attachment issues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rad.(reactive attachment disorder) and i don't know what to do. I don't want to tell my parentsany advice?

What to do if I have rad.(reactive attachment disorder) and i don't know what to do. I don't want to tell my parentsany advice?

Psychotherapy: Are you actually 49 or younger, using an adult's profile? If you are a child you may need your parent's help, if not contact a psychologist who specializes in RAD ...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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Is it possible to develop reactive attachment disorder as a preteen?

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Is it possible to develop reactive attachment disorder as a preteen?

Reactive attachment : Sure, most commonly the onset is toddler age to puberty. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop reactive attachment disorder as a teen/preteen when they were normal before?

Is it possible to develop reactive attachment disorder as a teen/preteen when they were normal before?

No: No, reactive attachment disorder (rad) manifests earlier. However, a teen certainly could have multiple signs and symptoms of rad. Conduct disorder, substance abuse, or a mood disorder all share symptoms in common with rad and are disorders that often have their onset in the teen years. Another consideration is that, in normal development, adolescents shift attachments from parents to peers. ...Read more

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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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Is there a relationship between reactive attachment disorder and antisocial personality disorder?

Is there a relationship between reactive attachment disorder and antisocial personality disorder?

Reactive attachment : Hello, reactive attachment may bode problems in the long run of the relationship. Antisocial personality disorder may involve legal issues, such as fighting, taking illegal drugs, frequent dui's and other related situations. Which the client may be in need of therapy and medication from psychiatrist , therapist or family doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have reactive attachment disorder? I have symptoms of persistent depressed mood.

How can I tell if I have reactive attachment disorder? I have symptoms of persistent depressed mood.

Assessment : If you have persistent depressed mood you should get a full workup including physical and mental. Reactive attachment disorder is very rare but very serious, the good news is that there is treatment for it. I'm sorry you've been feeling so depressed for so long, but there is help for you. This is a great place to start, but you need and deserve individualized attention. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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If a child has attachment issues does this lead to any mental disorders as an adult?

Depends: Severe forms of attachment disorders in children can lead to personality problems in adults. However, such outcomes are not inevitable. Children can be amazingly resilient and "fix themselves" or benefit from therapy or simply find the right environment and people to help them deal with attachment problems as they get older. ...Read more

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Is insecure attachments as a child associated with bipolar disorder as an adult?

No: There is no evidence that bipolar disorder comes from attachment difficulties. It is generally a genetic illness. ...Read more

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