Broken Spirits ~ Lost Souls: Loving Children with Attachment and Bonding Difficulties

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iUniverse, Jan 4, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 444 pages
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Broken Spirits~Lost Souls provides a rare, valuable look at a silent yet potentially deadly problem plaguing families today, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

Children born into crisis or ambivalence are vulnerable to attachment disturbances because the roots of this horrendous disorder occur when basic life enhancing needs of newborns and infants go unnoticed or unmet. Consequently, children who are victims of early neglect or trauma are at grave risk.

The candid stories in Broken Spirits~Lost Souls, told by parents of disturbed youngsters, paint a clear picture of their chilling, dangerous behavior. Attachment disorder may be demonstrated by out-of-control children as young as three years old. By their teens, these kids predictably defy authority and challenge every accepted familial and societal norm.

At their best, individuals with RAD represent the embryonic stages of an antisocial personality, at their worst they are full-blown psychopaths consumed by the search for another victim. RAD is not a rare phenomenon and is primarily preventable through early identification and by employing simple, sound parenting skills.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONELaying the Foundation
3
CHAPTER TWOWhat is Attachment Disorder?
21
CHAPTER THREEA Problem for America and Beyond
46
CHAPTER FOURThe Families ofThe Broken Spirited
75
CHAPTER FIVEFrom the Honeymoon to Reality
108
CHAPTER SIXThe Mothers Experiences
156
CHAPTER SEVENThe Fathers Stories
198
CHAPTER EIGHTThe Professionals and Their Therapies
237
CHAPTER NINEMeeting the Families Needs
277
CHAPTER TENFaith Hope and Conclusions
316
Epilogue
361
Appendix 2Outtakes
377
BIBLIOGRAPHY
393
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