Dr. Alston, psychiatrist at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development, doesn’t take common knowledge at face value. He digs deeper. Many people may know that children with reactive attachment disorder often suffer from the effects of early abuse and neglect. They may also assume that these children’s biological parents had their own struggles. But Dr. Alston further connected these dots. “We all would like to think that we’re exclusively a product of our environment,” said Dr. Alston. “The truth is that’s very wrong.” And to Dr. Alston, that reality makes all the difference in how he prescribes medication.
Find out why anti-depressants don’t work for kids with RAD and the impact of a child’s genetics combined with his past in our interview with Dr. Alston below. (Please note: This is a part II of a series. Start from the beginning here.)
Learn about a day in the life as a therapeutic treatment parent at IACD (and perhaps consider it for yourself in the future)