attachment disorder


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attachment disorder

n.
1. A psychiatric disorder of children characterized by lack of emotional responsiveness especially to caregivers and by frequent negative emotions such as fear and sadness, caused by emotional neglect or other conditions preventing formation of secure attachment to a caregiver early in life. Also called reactive attachment disorder.
2. Any of various other disorders characterized by difficulty forming healthy attachments.
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Children exposed to the most deprivation had the highest rates of attachment disorder.
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However, practitioners Donald Roberts (also The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy) and Deanda Roberts have used their findings in attachment research and object relations theory to develop an integrated understanding of BPD as an attachment disorder that relies on a pervasive false self for adaptation and personal connections.
Conditions such as attachment disorder may be particularly impacted with satisfactory developmental support.
With insecure attachment patterns or an attachment disorder children develop the inability to form secure attachments and react in a hostile, rejecting manner with their environment.
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Ling has been successful in the treatment of children with attachment disorder, anxiety, aggression, depression, trauma, and ADHD.
Tim Gregory, defending, said Kane, of St Aiden's Road, South Shields, suffers from emotional attachment disorder and dyslexia.