Reactive Attachment Disorder – RAD

“There is no universally accepted diagnostic protocol for RAD. Signs and symptoms may include withdrawal from others, fear, sadness and irritability; listlessness; a failure to smile; avoidance of social interaction; a failure to reach out to others; and a lack of interest in interactive games.” So that’s my problem!!

Adoption Detective | A True Story by Judith Land

Imagine the feeling of being unable to connect with anyone and unable to feel the comfort of being loved. Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a rare but serious condition in which a child fails to establish healthy attachments with parents or caregivers. The absence of emotional warmth during the first few years of life can negatively affect a child’s entire future. Children who experience severe neglect, abuse, early separation, and an implicit lack of an identifiable, preferred attachment figure are susceptible to a condition referred to as reactive attachment disorder (RAD); characterized by an inability of the child to form normal, loving relationships. Children with RAD generally are at higher risk for depression; aggressive disruptive behavior; learning difficulties; behavior problems in school; an inability to form meaningful relationships; and low self-esteem. Without treatment, RAD can have a negative impact on a child’s physical, emotional, behavioral, social, and moral development and…

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