Attachment and Trauma disorders result in a wide range of symptoms which can include an inability to give or receive affection, distrust, destructive behavior, or an inability to empathize with others. As one ATTACh member said:
“It’s not that [my child] doesn’t care, or doesn’t want my love– it’s just that right now, with the tools she has, she actually isn’t able to form the same kind of connection with me. I see that can change, and that is huge.”
Families who are dealing with attachment disorders often face some of the most difficult behaviors to navigate with their children. ATTACh has helped families and professionals whose children and clients came to us working through serious issues such as depression, drug use, suicide attempts, arson, abuse, incarceration, and shutting down all together.
Behaviors and symptoms from attachment don’t happen in a vacuum– they’re the result of real trauma that affects not just emotional and cognitive development, but also impacts our bodies at a physical level. From heart problems to diabetes, issues with attachment can stretch beyond mental health. Attachment disorder is not just personal – it’s a public health issue that has the potential to affect us all.
Even though the effects of attachment disorder can last a long time, they’re not irreversible. When parents and families, caregivers and professionals have the support they need to work together, trauma responsive care makes healing more possible than ever.