Some of you may have noticed I used to have a list of symptoms on the right for RAD and I removed them. The reason I removed them is the symptoms of so many childhood mental disorders are overlapping. I would hate for someone to read my site and decide their child had RAD and then try to follow all the parenting books when it was not really RAD at all. It really does take a professional who is well learned in the area of attachment as well as other childhood mental disorders to know the difference. There are also reliable and valid tests for many of the disorders that can be administered by a psychologist. There are medications that can be taken for some of these disorders. The treatment for them would be vastly different.
Our youngest has had many many diagnosis over the years. No medications ever made a bit of difference. We went through attachment therapy with him for about nine months. It made an amazing difference in our lives. We then saw them some of his behaviors were coming back in most definite swings that were uncontrollable. He has been diagnosed with bipolar as well only now the medications ARE helping. The difference being that he has been treated for RAD and has attached to me.
I realize not all of you are comfortable with therapists. It has taken an attachment therapist, EMDR therapist and psychiatrist to get all the help Taz needs along with us working hard at home. Every child is different and you are the expert on YOUR child. The above picture was drawn by Taz for me last night. I heart him too.