February 20, 2018

A Few Reactive Attachment Disorder Facts

For those of us whose children have had multiple diagnoses, here are a few helpful bits of information concerning Reactive Attachment Disorder.

  1. First off, there is a new term being considered for Reactive Attachment Disorder which is Development Trauma Disorder. While RAD is found in the DSM IV, the definition is confusing. With the DSM V almost ready for release, look for this possible new terminology.
  2. There is one primary symptom that separates RAD  from Bipolar, ADHD, or Autism. That is they are superficially engaging and charming. If your child has this system, they are RAD! It helps to know this because you have a starting point to work with.
  3. Thirty two researchers did a study that determined that for Children at Risk, attachment is the root of their mental illness.
  4. Along the lines of symptoms, just FYI, if your child has persistent nonsense questions and chatter, there is a reason. The researchers have determined that these kiddos have up to 15 flashbacks a day, full color and sound, of the trauma they experienced. So in order to keep them at bay, they talk incessantly.
  5. Then lastly, the reason it gets harder when working with teens (but not impossible!) is that at age 15 the brain reformats itself. So any unused connections are discarded and are no longer available.

I wanted to share this information, not for scare tactics, but I find in knowledge is freedom.

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Matt is the parent (along with his wife Julie) to five wonderful kids. He has been self-employed for 25+ years and is the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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