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Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a serious condition among children that poses the threat of impaired functionality into adolescence and adulthood. Clear descriptions of the RAD diagnosis are offered in order to capture an accurate picture of the condition. Descriptions of various risk factors that accompany the diagnosis shed light on important areas that can minimize the potential for harm, and developmental considerations offer a holistic understanding of how significantly these symptoms can affect the life of a child. Treatment approaches offer direction and hope for caregivers working to help young people manage the challenges associated with RAD.

RAD poses a tremendous challenge among families and caregivers. Because neglect and maltreatment are key to understanding RAD, it is important to consider how widespread these problems are. ...

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