Attachment Disorder Symptoms

A Heart’s Mission was formed to provide help and support to families experiencing problems with attachment disorder, sometimes called RAD, attachment-related disorder or bonding issues. Many children suffering from these disorders were adopted into families after spending their early years in orphanages or the foster care system. Others are living with their biological families and may have experienced trauma that led to these problems.

Children who are suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder may display some of the following symptoms:

  • Superficially engaging and charming
  • Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers
  • Destructive to material things and self
  • Lack of cause and effect thinking
  • Stealing
  • Not taking any responibility for actions (blame shifting)
  • Crazy lying about the obvious
  • Trouble with peer relationships
  • Lack of conscience
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Not affectionate on parent’s terms
  • Controlling
  • Clingy
  • Lack of self control/impulse control
  • Learning lags
  • Unusual eating patterns/hoarding
  • Obsessed with fire, blood and gore
  • Fake and phony (not sincere)
  • Excessive chatter and nonsense questions
  • False allegations of abuse