Attachment Disorder (DSM)

Section 1: List of the symptoms for this disorder:

Poor eye contact

Anti-social behavior

History of neglect, abuse, abandonment.  Could have multiple incidences of theses.

Person tries to find what they need from the wrong people, i.e. risky sexual behaviors or doing drugs

Lack of common feelings, i.e. empathy

Problems learning

Not able to self-regulate

Bed wetting/soiling; hoarding food

This is not an all-inclusive list.
 

More Information-
Attachment disorder is a broad term used to describe disorders of mood, behavior, and social relationships that arise from a failure to form normal attachments to primary caregivers in early childhood.  Onset as early as the first birthday.  May develop Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) or Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED).  RAD less likely to interact with others, appear unhappy, irritable, sad, or scared.  Symptoms chronic.  DSED not afraid of meeting a stranger.  Go with strangers without checking with care givers.


Treatment-

Needs a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and an individualized treatment plan for the child and family.  Treatment involved a mix of therapy, counseling, and caregiver education.  Online therapy and online counseling would not be appropriate for this condition since a one on one is needed to make sure the family is being helped.  The counselor or therapist will make a plan of action for all involved.  A listener may be a good start for the care givers, but ultimately, active listening will be beneficial for all.


Author(s): Kaylee (@PositiveDIxieDust) & @stacy46

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