Reactive Attachment

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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.



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Reactive Attachment

During childhood, attachments to caregivers are made. If an unhealthy attachment develops as a child, an individual will likely suffer with relationships. Reactive attachment disorder is most commonly seen in children, but the negative consequences of the disorder continue to manifest throughout adulthood if not treated.

A child who has reactive attachment disorder:

    • Shows withdrawn behavior towards adult caregivers
    • May rarely seek comfort when distressed
    • Shows persistent social or emotional disturbance
      • Shows minimal social and emotional responsiveness
      • Shows limited positive affect
      • Has episodes of unexplained irritability, depressed mood, or fearfulness

To be diagnosed symptoms of the diagnosis must be observed before age five. Children with reactive attachment disorder suffer as a result of neglect and insufficient care such as:

  • Social neglect
  • Lack of emotional needs of comfort or stimulation met
  • Repeated changes in primary caregiver (i.e. rapid changes in foster care)
  • Upbringing in unusual settings where caregivers are limited (i.e. overcrowded orphanages)

At Serin Center, we can help provide tools needed to help your child develop healthy attachment and provide education for the entire family on how to strengthen and improve your child’s behavior and relationships.

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