Attachment is the deep connection established between a child and caregiver that profoundly affects your child's development and ability to express emotions and develop relationships. If you are the parent of a child with an Attachment Disorder, trying to build a connection with your child may be exhausting and at times feel impossible. A child with insecure attachment or an attachment disorder lacks the skills for building meaningful relationships. Attachment Disorders can occur through no fault of the parents, but can be a result of a lack of care or response to typical infant behaviors like crying or even cooing.
Symptoms of an Attachment Disorder:
- Avoids eye contact
- Doesn’t smile
- Doesn’t reach out to be picked up
- Engages in self-soothing behavior
- Doesn’t seem to notice or care when you leave them alone
- Cries inconsolably
- Lacks empathy
When left untreated, Attachment Disorders can continue through adulthood and have life-long affects. Whether as a child or as an adult, Attachment Disorders are treatable. If you suspect an Attachment Disorder, it is important to seek help as early as possible if a loved one shows the above symptoms.
NorthPoint can help you address any presence of an Attachment Disorder.