Attachment Disorder in Children

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ATTACMENT DISORDER IN CHILDREN

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As soon as a child is born, they begin to develop a deep bond with their parents or main caregivers. This attachment is what helps us learn and develop in a trusting, loving environment. It helps us develop the ability to express emotion and learn how to build relationships. We know even from a young age, that we are loved and our parents are there for us.

But, this bond isn’t formed for all children. While there are many reasons why this attachment isn’t formed, typically there will be a situation where the caregiver is unable to provide the necessary care and attention. This may be due to neglect, the child being abused, separation or another reason. Whatever the cause, this lack of attachment can lead to a number of difficulties for the child, and in severe cases, a condition called reactive attachment disorder.

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