Some kids with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) don’t need medication. There’s no magic pill to cure the disorder. Rather, kids with RAD and their families need plenty of professional support and therapy over time. Many children with RAD do well with medications, however, if they have co-existing disorders. Without the effects of mental illnesses in their way, kids have a much easier time working on their attachment issues.
Sadly, many kids with RAD end up on the wrong medications. They commonly get diagnosed and treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which makes matters worse. This is extremely frustrating for parents. As a result, parents may conclude that no medications will help. Yet, they often just aren’t introduced to the right meds that can help their children dramatically.
Why do many clinicians give kids with RAD the wrong meds?
To hear Dr. Alston’s take on this issue, please watch the following interview of about 5 minutes. Please take note: This is the last of a 4-part interview series with Dr. Alston. To read/watch from the beginning, please start here.
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