Attachment Disorders or RAD Brain Therapy Treatment Clifton Park NY

by | Feb 6, 2019

Attachment Disorders or RAD

Success in Treating an Attachment Disorder

Although an attachment disorder can be seen in any child, this is something most commonly associated with a child who has been adopted. One thing that makes this particular disorder so unique is that it can develop even in adoptive children placed in great homes as newborns and those who have never experienced trauma. For the child but also parents and siblings, an attachment disorder is extremely challenging. The good news is that today, children are provided with exceptional treatment options to include one called neurofeedback training.

Although for years it was believed only two sub-categories of attachment disorders existed, new research has revealed many more. Following are the types of disorders, each of these treatable using neurofeedback training. However, for some disorders and sometimes in more severe cases, medication or another type of conventional treatment is required. However, even then it is common for neurofeedback training to be part of the overall solution.

Non-Attached Attachment Disorder

A child with this type of attachment disorder tends to connect with one specific adult caregiver whenever needing to be cuddled, experiencing fear, or being hurt whereas a child without the disorder could be comforted by many adults. In addition, a child with Non-Attached Attachment Disorder seldom protests when separated from the caregiver or becomes overly agitated and sad whenever any person leaves.

With this disorder it is also common for a child to be social with virtually any person, whether that individual is well liked or not. Finally, the mental level of a child with Non-Attached Attachment Disorder is at minimum eight months of age. This disorder produces both confusing and conflicting symptoms, again making it difficult to handle.

Indiscriminate Attachment Disorder

Another attachment disorder that neurofeedback training has proven highly beneficial for treating is called Indiscriminate Attachment Disorder. One of the more common and frightening ways this disorder manifests is that a child will often leave the presence of a loving caregiver. However, the child will return occasionally to check in only to wander off again.

This is also a potentially dangerous in that a child will actually leave a safe environment. As an example, a child might learn how to open a locked door to leave the home only to end up on a busy street unsupervised. This child is also socially promiscuous, which again poses risk. Although there are special considerations when treating someone with Indiscriminate Attachment Disorder, again neurofeedback training has been proven to be an effective method of treatment.

Inhibited Attachment Disorder

The main symptom associated with this attachment disorder is a child who is reluctant to touch, approach, or manipulate inanimate objects. In other words, even when enticed by a cool toy, a child would struggle to interact. Additionally, this child would find reasons for withdrawing from social situations as a means of avoiding interaction with other people.

There is also a limited range of affect whenever the child is in a social situation. Even if the child is with a trusted caregiver, a child would find it difficult to maintain a normal sense of being. As a result, social situations would lead to severe mood swings and extreme hyper-vigilance. This child would also be abnormally clingy and compulsively compliant. With neurofeedback training, the exact area of the brain affected would be targeted, thus bringing about much-needed relief and change.

Aggressive Attachment Disorder

This is the next type of attachment disorder that children struggle with. In this case, the child would have a distinct preference of caregiver. However, even when being comforted during periods of hurt or fear, a child with this disorder will often become angry and aggressive toward the person. Because angry outbursts can be verbal, physical, or both, this disorder comes with some unique challenges.

It is also common for a child with Aggressive Attachment Disorder to feel overwhelming anxiety, struggle with separation issues, and have trouble sleeping. As with other attachment disorders, neurofeedback training has the ability to address one or more areas of the brain. With retraining, the brain can be taught to respond in a healthy and favorable way whereby symptoms are dramatically reduced or eliminated altogether.

Role Reversal Attachment Disorder

Next, just as the name implies, this disorder entails a reversal of roles for child and parent or caregiver. This child comes across as bossy, extremely nurturing, and overly social. It is also common to see a child with Role Reversal Attachment Disorder to actually scrutinize and judge the parent or caregiver. In most cases, neurofeedback training along with therapy works great to correct the problem.

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Also referred to as RAD, this disorder is also challenging in that symptoms are both physical and psychological. For a child with RAD, the following are some of the symptoms that would be expected:

  • Listless and withdrawn
  • No smiling
  • Lack of interest in playing
  • Uses self-soothing behaviors
  • Remains calm when alone
  • Shows aggression toward peers
  • Observes people but without interaction
  • Does not ask for help or support
  • Pushes away comforting gestures

Because there are so many facets to RAD, most professionals treat a child using psychological counseling, family therapy, and medication. However, it is also recommended that parents participate in skill-developing classes and for the child and parents to consider special education services. There are benefits to the more standardized type of treatment when dealing with RAD but experts have also discovered using the alternative treatment of neurofeedback training is highly beneficial for children with this type of attachment disorder.