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What Is Attachment Retaining Disorder?

When someone suffers from RAD, they struggle to form attachments with other people. They may have experienced trauma and neglect that prevented them from bonding with their parents in childhood, or they may have developed RAD due to abusive relationships that continued into adulthood. Regardless of the circumstances that led to RAD, it is possible for people with RAD to learn how to bond with others and heal from past trauma. However, this can be a difficult road, and it is essential for parents and caretakers to seek help from mental health professionals who specialize in attachment disorder.

In cases of RAD, children often display signs such as trouble with bonding, a lack of joy or interest in playing with others, and frequent and unexplained bouts of anger or aggression. These symptoms can disrupt their lives and cause them to miss school and work, leading to poor grades or even truancy. In severe cases, their aggressive behavior can become dangerous or lead to involvement with the child welfare system. If a child is exhibiting these signs, it is important to talk to their pediatrician and see a mental health professional who can offer guidance.

Symptoms of RAD are most common in the childhood and adolescent years, though some adults can also suffer from it. This is because RAD disorder typically develops in response to emotional or physical trauma that prevents a person from forming consistent attachments in their early life. It can be caused by various types of neglect, such as a baby being left alone for extended periods of time, or abuse, which may include physical and emotional abuse.

While a person with RAD is trying to bond with their caregiver, they can often become upset and angry when their efforts are not met with positive results. This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, as they feel like their rage is not justified. In many cases, a therapist can help a person with RAD explore the root causes of their trauma and attachment issues. They may also be able to help them manage their anger and learn new ways to deal with stressful situations.

The treatment plan for a person with RAD will vary depending on their age, but it usually involves psychotherapy. A therapist who specializes in attachment disorders is ideal, but it is possible for a person with RAD to find a therapist who focuses on other conditions and can provide them with the support they need.

During therapy, the goal is to get the person with RAD to bond with their caregivers and start to have healthy and secure relationships. This is achieved through a combination of counseling and teaching the caregivers how to respond to the needs of the person with RAD. In some cases, medication is also used to reduce the severity of some symptoms.

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