Reactive Attachment Disorder

  1. A while ago, I saw a documentary about a little girl with Reactive Attachment Disorder and how she went on to heal from it and become a nurse. I wanted to share this because Reactive Attachment Disorder can lead to and is much like Antisocial Personality Disorder. I thought Antisocial PD should be talked about, as well.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on May 3, '13 : Reason: embed video
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  3. by   wish_me_luck
    Also, Child Conduct Disorder can lead to Antisocial Personality Disorder. Reactive Attachment Disorder can also lead to Borderline Personality Disorder, but tends to lean towards antisocial behavior.
  4. by   Esme12
    What a sad little girl......I remember this story
  5. by   wish_me_luck
    Yeah, I am glad her story has a happy ending though--she is a NICU nurse and public speaker, now (she has to be around 29 or 30 years old). It goes to show some of the worst and seemingly hopeless cases can get better and be productive members of society with early intervention.
  6. by   SycamoreGuy
    Very sad story... glad she got the help she needed.
  7. by   wish_me_luck
    I just posted the link/embedded video for part 1--if you watch it to the end, you can click part 2 and so on.
  8. by   NurseDirtyBird
    I don't think I can watch part 2...
  9. by   wish_me_luck
    It gets better, I promise. Part 1 talks a lot about her past with sexual abuse, but it goes up from there.
  10. by   cincinursemary
    Quote from wish_me_luck
    It gets better, I promise. Part 1 talks a lot about her past with sexual abuse, but it goes up from there.
    I am raising a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder. She came to our family at age 5. It is the hardest thing I have done. Her behavior is beyond belief to most people I share with. There is a good parent support group on line called

    If you ever run into a parent with a kid with this disorder, tell them how proud you are of hanging in there, because it aint for sissies.

    by the way, the adoptive mom of the girl in the Child of Rage movie is Nancy Thomas. She has awesome resources for parents raising kids with RAD.
  11. by   pinkiepieRN
    @wish_me_luck, just tried to PM you but it said your inbox is full!
  12. by   wish_me_luck
    ok, try again.
  13. by   Sadala
    Wow. She became a nurse? I did not know that. I saw the doc quite some time ago. Glad to know she is well.