Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is defined as a condition found in children who have been significantly neglected and unable to form an emotional connection with their caregivers. When a child is born, an emotional bond is created between child and parent when the child is held, fed, nurtured, and loved. It is at this time the child becomes attached emotionally and learns to trust the parent. When an infant is neglected of these basic comforts and affection, it can cause problems with their emotional stability in the future. Neglected, abused, and orphaned children most commonly have a higher risk of developing RAD.

Symptoms of RAD in Infants & Children:

  •        Detached
  •        Unresponsive to comfort
  •        Calm when left alone
  •        Engages in self-soothing behavior
  •        Displays controlling behavior
  •        Aggressive towards other toddlers

This list is not inclusive based upon your individual circumstances.

Effects of RAD in Adulthood:

  •        Low self-esteem
  •         Depression
  •         Anxiety
  •         Promiscuous
  •         Frequent job changes

This list is not inclusive based upon your individual circumstances.

While a child will suffer with RAD indefinitely, there are treatment options to help manage the symptoms and stabilize the disorder. Some treatments may include medication and/or play therapy for the child and educating the parent on skills to improve the relationship and help develop the attachment needed. If you think your child has RAD you should seek advice from a medical professional. In most cases you will need to consult with a RAD specialist or a mental health psychiatrist.