This is what Cari Krenik and Sally Schroer do to kids
Over the last few years, I have become aware of an increase in the number of referrals to assess children diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Whether this is a coincidence or an indication of statistical increase in incidence of RAD, I cannot say. What I can tell you is how clinically interesting and extremely frustrating these cases can be.
What is RAD? According to Nancy Thomas, author of “When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder,” RAD, originally termed “attachment disorder” prior to 1979, is defined as a condition where an individual has difficulty forming lasting relationships and lacks the ability to be genuinely affectionate toward others. In addition, persons with RAD do not learn to trust others and do not appear to develop a conscience. This is believed to be caused by abuse or separation (physical or emotional) from one’s primary caregiver during the first three years of life which translates to an internally suppressed rage. If untreated, children with RAD grow up to be adults who cannot truly ever feel love. It is suggested that many of these adults will eventually be labeled as sociopaths or psychopaths.