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What is reactive attachment disorder (RAD)?

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Reactive attachment disorder is a condition in children who may have been neglected and did not form a healthy emotional attachment with their mother or other primary caregivers before age 5. The missing bond means the child didn’t get a chance to learn to love and trust others, to become aware of others' feelings and needs, to regulate their emotions, and gain self-esteem. That can affect the child’s entire future.

From: Reactive Attachment Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Reactive Attachment Disorder."

MedlinePlus: "Reactive attachment disorder of infancy or early childhood."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Reactive Attachment Disorder."

MedlinePlus: "Reactive attachment disorder of infancy or early childhood."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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