Category Archives: Reactive Attachment Disorder

When You Know Someone Whose Child is in Residential Treatment

The idea of residential treatment for a child’s emotional-behavioral problems carries the connotation of trouble, behavior out of control, intense conflicts between parent and child, failed efforts to overcome a serious problem, a prodigal child. If you know someone who … Continue reading

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When You Send Your Child to Residential Treatment

Handing the care and nurture of your child over to a residential facility is not easy. When the reason for placement is because the child has become too difficult for you to parent, more factors come into play. Depending on … Continue reading

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Before You Choose Residential Treatment for Your Child

Sending a child to residential treatment is not something parents take lightly. They love their children and want them in the home. But some who have obstinately obstreperous children sometimes perceive they have no option left but a residential program. … Continue reading

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When Family Goes Hostile

The December 16, 2012 Huffington Post carried the article “I am Adam Lanza’a Mother,” in which Liza Long wrote about the verbal and increasingly physical aggression of her 13-year-old son who would soon be stronger than she. Liza created a … Continue reading

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Handle Gently the Battered Reed

Children need a ton of gentle treatment. Previously maltreated children need a boat load. Seeing no relief from provocations and no resolution to the swirling morass of fear, anger, guilt, and shame feelings that result, the mistreated child may lose … Continue reading

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How can they be so remorseless?

This last week, the Tsarnaev family, neighbors, and media voiced bafflement over how two nice young men could have so ruthlessly mangled people in the Boston Marathon bombing. Were they “radicalized”? What went wrong in them? Similarly, the lack of … Continue reading

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