Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is condition in which a child is unable to trust. This creates frightening and sometimes violent behaviors. Any child who lives through loss of their primary caretaker, separation, neglect, or multiple caregivers in the first 2 years of their life can suffer from RAD.
RAD is the result of abuse, neglect, or other parenting problems early in a child's life. Instead of learning to trust, this baby learns that he cannot depend on adults. Instead of trust developing, rage develops. The child thinks life depends on being in control.
A child with reactive attachment disorder may:
Attachment therapy may include:
When you are parenting a RAD child, it is easy to doubt yourself. Parenting a child who fights you every step of the way can be very discouraging.