The Basics of Reactive Attachment Disorder

The Basics of Reactive Attachment Disorder

Dealing with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) as an adoptive parent is no easy task, and understanding it is just as difficult. The chart above says it all. RAD goes beyond any other severe disorder. So let me break it down for you; RAD may be described as followed: – The inability to form a close bond, even over a long period of time; – Difficulty in showing or receiving affection; – Difficulty in making friends; and – Often results in bitterness and/or rage towards caregiver(s). So I wouldn’t say it is as much of an inability, but it is rather a struggle for these children to build a close bond with their caregivers. There is still hope, though. Nothing is impossible. So what becomes of RAD? What causes it? I like to describe it as a “Disturbed Attachment Cycle.” When a child is in an abusive home, is not fed,