Reactive Attachment Disorder in Teens:
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    Reactive Attachment Disorder Awareness: Does Your Teenager Struggle With Any of the Following? If so, contact us now.

  • Avoidant Behavior
  • Distant or Aloof Behavior
  • Anxious Clinging Behavior
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty Coping with Stress
  • Poor Relationships with Others

    Have there been symptoms or diagnoses of this or other disorders?

  • Family Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive Behavior
  • Blatant Disregard of Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Never at Fault - Shifts Blame to Others
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback - "Above the Law"
  • Manipulative - Pits Parents Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behaviors
  • Lack of Motivation - Lazy - Resists Tasks
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse - Alcohol or Drugs
  • Skips School - Truancy
  • School Suspensions - Authority Problems
  • Grades Have Fallen - Academic Problems
  • Can't Keep Friends - Peer Problems
  • Danger to Self or Others
  • Runs Away or AWOL
  • Conduct Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Poor Choice of Friends - Easily Misled
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide (Ideation)
  • Drug Abuse or Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse or Addiction
  • Smoking or other Tobacco Use
  • Sexually Active - Risky Behavior
  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues - Associated with RAD
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities - Diagnosed?

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Love Alone Cannot Heal Scars Sustained in Early Broken Bonds

This article is continued from: RAD Treatment


There's no release date set for Courtney. She's struggling in the program, her mother says, and when she leaves Cedar Springs she may go to a "step-down unit," such as a group home, if the family feels it still isn't safe to have her at home.

For now, the family is getting a badly needed respite from the turmoil of recent years.

"When you're living in it for eight years," Sandy Hawkins says, "you just go along with the flow and it almost becomes 'This is normal for us,' I guess. You don't know what peace is."

Pat and Sandy Hawkins haven't seen Courtney in four months, but they talk regularly by phone, including counseling sessions every Wednesday that involve her therapist.

Courtney always tells them, "I love you." But tellingly, Hawkins notes, she never asks about her brothers.

"These children don't know love like we do. They really don't have the capability of understanding what it is. Even if shown it for eight years around the clock, that doesn't undo the eight years before."

There have been good times with Courtney as well as bad. Hawkins calls Courtney "an absolutely brilliant child" with a talent for art and writing. She wants her daughter back - but not if that endangers her other children.

"I just wish there was a magic pill . . . that would make her get up and feel OK every day."

CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0272 or comics@gazette.com

SYMPTOMS

Children with attachment disorder may:

  • Be superficially engaging and charming
  • Show indiscriminate affection toward strangers
  • Exhibit destructive tendencies toward self, others and things
  • Be developmentally delayed
  • Show poor eye contact
  • Be cruel to animals or siblings
  • Have poor peer relationships
  • Lie or steal
  • Persist in steady nonsense questions or chatter
  • Demonstrate poor impulse control
  • Hoard or gorge on food
  • Have a preoccupation with fire, blood and gore

Author: Bill Radford, The Gazette (Colorado Springs), Mar 31, 2003

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