Why Kids Don’t Outgrow Reactive Attachment Disorder and What Happens When They Grow Up Without Help

Reactive Attachment Disorder, or RAD, is an emotional disorder that is characterized by a lack of attachment to other people. It is the result of neglectful or abusive parenting.

The child with RAD has trouble forming relationships with others and lacks empathy for those around them. They have trouble establishing healthy relationships with others and have a sense of distrust or anger towards those who try to help them.

RAD is not curable, but it can and should be treated through therapy and medication.

Why is it Detrimental?

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is detrimental for a person because they struggle to connect with others. They don’t experience healthy relationships with those around them and instead of developing emotionally, the person might develop an emotional disability. The cause of RAD is hard to identify and often the person might not act out against other people but may withdraw from social interactions. Organizations such as Attachment Disorder Foundation offer support to these people and help them build healthy relationships.

Why Kids Can’t Simply Outgrow it?

Kids who suffer from the disorder can’t simply “outgrow” it without help. As children grow older, the symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder get more complicated and manifest themselves in different ways.

People with reactive attachment disorder tend to exhibit behaviors that range from being inconsolable and not understanding what is happening to them in social situations to feeling too attached to other people or things and overreacting when they’re separated from their caregivers or loved ones.

When children suffer from reactive attachment disorder, they have a difficult time forming relationships with their caregivers. The symptoms of this disorder are usually noticed when the child starts to show behavioral problems. The behaviors can be anything from aggression and tantrums, to self-harm and violence.

There are two main types of reactive attachment disorders, the inhibited form and the ambivalent form. Inhibited children often don’t want to interact with their caregivers and tend not to show many emotions in order to avoid getting rejected by them again. Ambivalent children often have difficulty trusting others because they can’t tell what others’ intentions are so they prefer to reject them first and feel rejected later on if they’re not met with what was expected by the child.

Without therapy or medication, it is very difficult for a child suffering from reactive attachment disorder to grow into a healthy adult.

What Happens When Children Who Suffer from RAD Grow Up Without Help?

Many children who suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder grow up without help. This disorder affects the way that they form relationships, trust others, and manage their emotions. What tends to happen with children who suffer from reactive attachment disorder, they grow into adults who struggle to form relationships, trust others and manage their emotions. If you are struggling with reactive attachment disorder in your life, it’s important to know that there are professionals who can help.  You can start by checking our FAQ section where we answer some of the common questions regarding RAD including how to find a good attachment therapist.