We have been discussing the difficult topic of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), a form of early childhood trauma in which an infant does not attach (bond) with its parents and which results in significant relationship issues and other struggles. Sadly, children who were not properly diagnosed during their childhood or teenage years have become adults […]
In my last post, I wrote about Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in children. Children with RAD are extremely difficult to parent or care for as they appear not to need anyone or anything because they do not react to stimuli in the way a child would who does not suffer RAD. The difference from other children who do not […]
We have discussed the issue of attachment in children as a measure of their ability to have resilience to traumatic events. However, some children are unable to form basic relationships. In the past few years, we have discovered much about attachment in children and its impact in later life, including a specific disorder known as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).
In my last post, I opened the subject of attachment in children and its importance in creating resilience for children toward recovery from a traumatic events. In short, a child that has had a healthy parent (or caregiver) attachment process in infancy will have an easier recovery from trauma. Let’s look at this process more closely.
We have been discussing how trauma and adverse childhood experiences affect a child’s lifetime emotional, physical and relational health. A child is most vulnerable during early childhood development, when dependent on the care given by adults. If the early childhood development process has been a healthy one, the child is more likely to possess the resilience to handle trauma than if […]
We have discussed several aspects of the complex subject of trauma but have not yet touched on how to help a victim. It is difficult to know how to help a family member or friend who lives in trauma-induced fear feel safe, particularly if a crowded setting can trigger a traumatic event. In Creating Sanctuary, […]