If the following questions make you stutter, this article is for you. They might sound a little like this:
“So what do you do for a living?”
“Tell me about your kids.”
If you’re raising or working with kids with reactive attachment disorder, you may find it difficult to explain your everyday life to others. If so, you’re not alone. Reactive attachment disorder (we prefer “developmental trauma”) isn’t an easy concept to explain to people who’ve never heard the term before. In fact, people who know you well might not fully understand your family or your job, no matter how many times you’ve tried to break it down.
We thought we might help a little. Movies are an easy, everyday conversation that nearly everyone can follow. If you explain reactive attachment disorder with popular movies as an example, you might get less of an “I’m pretending to understand you but have no idea where you’re coming from” look. If nothing else, the following flicks may give you some inspiration for your next movie night this winter.
Here are 3 classic movies that can help you get the conversation rolling about RAD:
Officer and a Gentleman (1982) – Richard Gere plays a navel cadet with reactive attachment disorder who attempts to manipulate his drill sergeant and has romantic relationship issues.
Good Will Hunting (1997) — Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a young man who was abused as a child. In the film, his therapist (played by Robin Williams) seeks to provide Will with a positive attachment as he struggles with personal relationships.
Prince of Tides (1991) — Nick Nolte plays Tom Wingo, a man who falls in love with a psychiatrist. This movie is a good depiction in regard to the effects of childhood trauma on adults and the impacts of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Perhaps these movies can help you to start these conversations more smoothly. Movies help to put people in others’ shoes. We chose these movies specifically because they are mainstream and may help to break the ice, as well as the stigma, in regard to developmental trauma.
Do you have any movies to add to this list? If so, please scroll down and add a comment below. Thanks for helping us to advocate and educate on behalf of kids overcoming early trauma and their families!
Related blog topics: