Reactive Attachment Disorder

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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a diagnosis that adopted kids get sometimes, very often, foreign adopted babies. It's a constellation of symptoms: Hyper controlling, oppositional. I was asked to sit on an RAD panel one time at an adoption conference. Reactive Attachment Disorder is not really my area of expertise, so I wanted something intelligent to say on the panel. I said, "I think we ought to re-name it. Normal Organismic Response to Massive Abandonment or Loss." The acronym for that is "normal." What we want to do and how to respond to it, is you keep in mind what the experiences your child has had and if they make sense. If you are ripped away from everything you've ever know, you are going to be controlling. Then you put certain things into place like high structure, high nurture; you really give a lot of structure to their life. There are many things you can do.

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Marcy Axness, PhD

Childhood Development Specialist

Marcy Axness, PhD, is an early development specialist, popular international speaker, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. She is a top blogger at and a member of their expert panel. Featured in several documentary films as an expert in adoption, prenatal development and Waldorf education, Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress. She considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world -- Ian and Eve, both in their 20s. 

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