What Is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

What Is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

Reactive attachment disorder, also known as RAD, is a mood or behavioral disorder that affects babies and children. It involves difficulties with bonding and forming relationships, as well as having social patterns that are not appropriate, but without an intellectual disability or pervasive developmental disorder (such as autism ) to explain these characteristics.1 Additionally, reactive attachment disorder is caused by some type of issue with care, such as caregivers being unable to fully provide for the needs of the child, not fulfilling physical and emotional needs, inconsistency, or too many primary caregiver changes. The term "reactive attachment disorder" is sometimes shortened to "attachment disorder," but reactive attachment disorder is actually a type of attachment disorder, aquaARTS studio / Getty Images Reactive Attachment Disorder vs. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder Attachment disorders are sometimes described as being inhibited or disinhibited. These terms are used to describe the behaviors of babies and young... Read more

Preventive interventions can improve mental health outcomes in children, teens and young adults

Preventive interventions can improve mental health outcomes in children, teens and young adults

May 18, 2021 - Offering interventions to young people in the general community can prevent the emergence of certain mental health disorders , according to the first comprehensive systematic review to address this question. The results appear in the May/June issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry , which is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer . "Preventive interventions for poor mental health outcomes in young people are feasible and appear to be effective," according to the review by Gonzalo Salazar de Pablo, MD, and Andrea De Micheli, MD, of King's College London, and colleagues. Evidence suggests that young people respond well to early interventions. Universal and selective interventions reduce risk of most mental disorders The researchers systematically reviewed decades of medical literature and found 295 studies in which individuals under 35 years old were randomly assigned to a mental health preventive intervention or a control group. Most studies... Read more

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