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Punishing a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder?

My child is 17 and is constantly lying. Nothing I do seems to make any difference. Recently she skipped school and then lied about it. I think she may have reactive attachment disorder and I don't know how to punish her for what she has done. Any suggestions?

talk to a therapist or a counselor. they should be able to help you figure out what to do  (+ info)

What is reactive attachment disorder and how it can be diagnosis?

My daughter aged 20 is facing problems in attachment with her mother. Is it called RAD or not.

Almost certainly not. RAD is almost exclusively diagnosed in young children. It's most commonly diagnosed in adopted children from orphanages or who have faced extremely abusive or neglectful conditions in their early life. So unless she was recently adopted, I highly highly doubt that's the case.

It could be depression, a number of other conditions or just insecure attachment. Also it could be normal behavior. At 20, a person is normally pulling away from their parents. I recommend you look into therapy, especially if your daughter is very unhappy.  (+ info)

Do you know anything about Reactive Attachment Disorder?

I have a 5 year old student with pervasive developement disorder (PDD. NOS) and reactive attachment disorder. Any information on how reactive attachment disorder effects a child would be helpful.

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a condition in which a child develops a mistrust for caregivers, impeding upon effective attachment behavior. The developmental stages following the first three years are distorted, and common symptoms, such as aggression, a lack of impulse control, and preoccupation with dangerous things, may emerge. A child exhibiting such behaviors should receive an evaluation by a mental health professional in order to determine the exact cause of them. Reactive Attachment Disorder is most common in children who have experienced trauma during infancy.  (+ info)

Punishing a child with reactive attachment disorder?

My daughter has reactive attachment disorder. She is 17 and skipped school on monday. When we asked her about it she lied. As a punishment her father and I have decided to sell her horse.

My question is, is this punishment appropriate for a child with this disorder? Are there any suggestions that would be possibly more helpful? Thank you
She has also only had the horse for 1 week

wow i would probably hate you for the rest of my life!!! i dont think its right because she is ill. besides being ill she is probably attached to her pet (i am with my dog) if i find out they sold my dog i would probable hate my parents for it. im 20 years old. i would suggest you take something else away such as an object. and make it for a period of time not permanent. ex: tv, going out, phone, dont buy her any new stuff, dont let her go outside.  (+ info)

What kind of treatment do Reactive Attachment Disorder kids go through and what is the name?

I need to know the most common type. Or any info on treatment.
Please answer. 10 points can be really easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are various sorts of treatment for this condition. One factor is the child's age. For infants, primary work with the parent(s) is often the major focus. For older children and teens, who often meet the clinical criteria for Complex Trauma (chronic early maltreatment within a care-giving relationship) treatments such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an evidence-based, effective, and empirically validated treatment can be used.  (+ info)

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

The reason is my older sister has RADs and I was reading online about sociopaths and she fits perfectly in both. So I was wondering if she could be a sociopath.

maybe, its possible. try talking to your parents about it.  (+ info)

Has anyone else adopted a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder?

My son has it and it can be so frustrating. One week he loves me, the next he doesn't. I love him with all of my heart and wish I could help him more.
My son is 7 and we have had him for 3 years.

Sam, I sense that you are dealing with a lot of personal issues and pain. I am sorry for that.
I would never, ever give up on him. I couldn't love him more if he was my own flesh and blood.

My brother was adopted and he also had a severe attachment disorder. Way back then, there wasn't a name for it, nor was there any understanding of it. Personally, I am doubtful there were any workers (from the top dogs down to the lowest workers) among the state adoption agencies in 1959, when my brother was born, who would have even cared to consider that serious repercussions would be felt down the road as a result of their callous practices.

I don't know the story of your son, and you certainly aren't obligated to author his biography for all to read. Of course there are endless combinations of environmental factors that make each child who is stricken with this disorder a unique story unto him or herself. My brother was adopted as an infant of only three months of age, but was so neglected in foster care during those critical three months that the physical and emotional damage was insurmountable.

And there are also genetic factors pulling their share of the strings, despite the denial of some psychiatric "experts" who choose to ignore evidence that doesn't fit their own "theory-of-the-day" which each one is almost certainly relying upon to launch themselves into some Freudian immortality in their self-obsessed need to leave some legacy equal to their own narcissism.

As a child, I was the youngest of two biological siblings that came along after my brother was adopted. It was always very clear that he would have preferred to be an only child; but, absent that choice when my mother became pregnant, twice, against all medical predictions, I am quite sure my brother found it even more unbearable when each of us were born female. My sister and I may have had an existance with my brother, but we never had a sibling relationship with him.

Of course I am an adult now, and the mother of three children of my own. I am also a Criminologist, and formerly a preschool teacher and counselor, who has studied extensively the many anti-social personality disorders that evolve from the child who fails to bond in infancy, often only because the beaurocracy of the child protective agencies who fail to recognize the catastrophic damage that is essentially irreversible.

This might be painful to read... but your son will almost certainly not get "better" ...and he won't one day wake up a well adjusted child with the capacity to love or empathize. He likely has no real understanding of what love actually is, and he will never be able to feel empathy or have an understanding of the pain others feel as the result of his actions. For these children, and later when they are adults, a conscience is completely absent. Despite the child psychiatrists who promote hope to distraught parents who so want to believe there are endless possible ways to "create" or somehow "teach" these children the ability to feel empathy... the truth is that they are willfully dismissing decades of data that prove these "Utopia Theories" completely lacking in any credible evidence.

There is no doubt in my mind that YOU have the capacity to love your child until the end of time. And he will recognize your devotion to him and the security that it provides. The good news is that the vast majority of adults with anti-social personality disorders (such as attachment disorders) never become the criminals I have to deal with. In fact, ironically, they become CEO's of major companies, successful stock brokers, neurosurgeons... etc. The unconditional love you show your child, with an acceptance that he does not possess the capacity to return that love in the same way, will help guide him toward a productive life rather than lose him to the lure of crime.  (+ info)

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

Just wondering, I can't find any relating information on it online. I'm mostly wondering if it's possible to develop it as a teenager, and if so, what would the causes of developing it as a teen?

he link has a lot of info from causes to risk factors to treatment and diagnosis  (+ info)

What exactly is "Reactive Attachment Disorder"?

I have something called reactive attachment disorder. I'm not sure exactly what it is...I just know it isn't good. What are the symptoms of this disorder?

Here, wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_attachment_disorder :)  (+ info)

Does anyone have reactive attachment disorder?

I was adopted when i was a baby and i think i have this disorder.

The best thing to do is not to assume. Talk to a specialist. This is often missed or undiagnosed due to the lack of legitimate resources for care and treatment. This IS a disorder that affects natural and adopted children, although more attachment disorders are common in adopted children due to the adoption process. Talk therapy will only rob you of time, and money and has largely proven to be ineffective. www.radconsultancy.com is ONE resource, although there are several. They have a book at Amazon.com or it can be obtained on line if you want to start there as well.  (+ info)

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