Adoption and Reactive Attachment Disorder In Teens

It is quite common for adopted children to suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder.   It is also possible that many adopted adolescents with behavioral issues have been misdiagnosed with other behavior and psychological disorders that mimic Reactive Attachment Disorder.

cliffThe symptoms of RAD may include many of the same traits found in several other behavioral disorders, however, RAD must be treated differently.  Adoptees are not the only individual who can form attachment issues.  Anyone who has suffered early abuse, neglect, or frequent change of their primary caregiver may also suffer from attachment disorder.  The caregiver’s lack of responsiveness to the child may serve to promote such insecurity in the teen years, leading to attachment disorders.

As children get older and enter their teen years, you may begin to see the traits widen and manifest in various ways as they become more independent.  Rebellion, disrespect, lying and stealing, lack of remorse for their actions, an inability to properly engage with the family, as well as anti-social behaviors seen outside the home, may become the “norm” for such a teen.  They will have difficulty forming healthy, long-term relationships with friends or family members and be content to move from one friend to the other once they have “burned those bridges.”

At Wolf Creek Academy, we work with the families to help bring about reunification  for the family while helping their child to learn how to cope with the insecurities that have been instilled within their innermost being.  We treat the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the child to help create a feeling of “belonging” and “wholeness” in the child.   Wolf Creek Academy currently works with adolescents from around the US and is now available for placement.

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a condition found in adopted children who have received grossly negligent care in their earliest days, and therefore do not form a healthy emotional attachment with their primary caregivers in the teen years. Attachment develops when a child is repeatedly soothed, comforted, and cared for, and when the caregiver consistently meets the child’s needs. It is through attachment with a loving and protective caregiver that a young child learns to love and trust others, to become aware of others’ feelings and needs, to regulate his or her emotions, and to develop healthy relationships and a positive self-image. The opposite of attachment caused by the absence of emotional warmth during the first few years of life.  It can negatively affect a child’s entire future.

Common Symptoms of RAD Include:

• Detached, uncaring, defiant
• Unresponsive or resistant to comforting
• Holding back or altogether lack of emotions (other than anger)
• Withdrawn or a mixture of approach and avoidance

Wolf Creek is a therapeutic boarding school that works with teenagers with RAD, age 13 to 17. Our highly trained professional counselors specialize in teen therapy, including Reactive Attachment Disorder.

We can help your struggling teen get past Reactive Attachment Disorder. We have a limited number of placements available in our therapeutic boarding school. Call for more information today!

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At Wolf Creek Academy, our professionals successfully treat reactive attachment disorder and help teens begin to desire to have relationships with others!   For help with your child struggling with RAD, please call us or fill in our inquiry form.