Adoption Disability: R.A.D.

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The other day someone wrote me and asked if Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is considered an adoption disability. It made me start to think.

I honestly think it should be considered a special needs disability.  Children with RAD often have major learning disabilities. Their thought processes do not behave in understandable ways.

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It’s so surprising to me that doctors or psychiatrists do not get the full picture of a child’s history when they see the child for the first time. It doesn’t seem to be necessary, but they feel the need to give the child a diagnosis in order to placate the parents’ concerns. That diagnosis? Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD).

What works for ADHD? A drug with methamphetamine in it. What works for a real case of ADHD? The meth drug. What doesn’t work for a kid with RAD? Not an ADHD drug!

In this way the medical professionals supposedly make the parents feel they are doing something for the child, when in reality, they’ve just gave the kid with RAD a drug that makes a whirling dervish out of a child that wants to be in total control.

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I don’t like to criticize physicians because they’re just doing their job as they see it.

I honestly feel pediatricians and family practice docs should be required to take a course on RAD and one on “how to talk to parents of adopted children.”

When my course on “How to Open the Eyes of Professionals to Reactive Attachment Disorder” gets finished (It’s almost done – I’m getting so excited), I’m going to have to figure out how to market it.

There are so many power people that need to be educated, that getting them to use the course as continuing education will be extremely important to all families of kids with RAD.

If anyone wants to preview what’s been done, please let me know. 

Thanks for reading my blog.

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N. Ann Lamphere, MSW

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