CARE Conference: Vulnerable Children and Viable Communities

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Reactive Attachment Disorder as a whole is a disorder that shows itself in young children. It then has the possibility of affecting the rest of the child’s life and the people that surround the child. There are two types of Reactive Attachment Disorder. The first type is the emotionally withdrawn/inhibited type. This can manifest itself in a few different ways, but the main way is through the child lashing out in fear or anger. This is due to the lack of healthy attachments in their lives. The second subtype is the disinhibited type. This also can manifest itself in multiple different ways, but the most present symptom is a child seeking attention from strangers and not setting any boundaries. This again is due to the lack of healthy attachments that they have formed, so they look for attachments in unhealthy and sometimes unsafe places. Reactive Attachment Disorder can seem daunting, but there are options to help the children and their families. One treatment option that has significant beneficial results is therapy. This is highly recommended by doctors and physicians.


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