Reactive Attachment Disorder: Symptoms & Treatment

Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

In this lesson, we will discuss reactive attachment disorder. Learn about its symptoms, how reactive attachment disorder is treated, and more. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Reactive Attachment Disorder and Mia

Karen and Henry are a married couple who decided to adopt a child. After a lengthy process and careful consideration, Karen and Henry adopted four-year-old orphan Mia. Because very little was known about Mia's family background, Karen and Henry were advised to keep a close eye on her development and report any concerns. They noticed that Mia did not seek out their comfort when she was hurt, and any attempts that Karen and Henry made to comfort Mia were met with confusion. For example, when Karen attempted to hug Mia and pick her up after Mia bruised her knee at the park, Mia responded by not hugging Karen back and giving her a confused look. Mia had very little interest in playing with toys or peek-a-boo. Mia also appeared sad most of the time and did not engage in activities with Karen or Henry very much. Karen and Henry voiced their concerns to Mia's psychiatrist. Soon after, Mia was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder.

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