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Old 06-23-2018, 02:49 PM #1
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Default What exactly are adult attachment disorders in the DSM?

Is the term "attachment disorder" its own diagnosis in the DSM V? Or if not, what are some specific diagnoses that would fall under this term? I'm familiar with attachment styles, but not so much with the "official" resulting diagnoses. Also does the DSM differentiate between adult attachment disorders and childhood attachment disorders? I was kind of under the impression that children can be diagnosed with attachment disorder(s), but when adults struggle with attachment problems, it's not it's own diagnosis. For example, I have Borderline PD, and attachment difficulties is a big part of that. For me, I didn't have a healthy attachment with either parents or any person who could act as a caregiver for that matter. So I had some adjustment problems. Now, I have full blown BPD and get easily attached to adult women who are slightly older than me and am devastated when I lose them for whatever reason (BPD symptoms). So that attachment struggles are there and were always there, but does this denote its own diagnosis? Like could I be diagnosed with BPD as well as a separate attachment disorder?
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I don't know anything about this. But here's a link to a YouTube video that discusses adult attachment. Perhaps it can be of some help:

https://youtu.be/oewOiKviEqs

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Default Re: What exactly are adult attachment disorders in the DSM?

There are two kinds in the DSM 5 both of which are caused by childhood neglect. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder is a case where the person actively and somewhat indiscriminately pursues a "caregiver" but because of their emotional deficits they may be unable to form lasting bonds. The other kind is still called "Reactive Attachment Disorder" but it is reserved for those who react to childhood neglect by adopting an avoidance of bonding relationships. The first pursues while the second avoids.
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Default Re: What exactly are adult attachment disorders in the DSM?

Unfortunately, adults with attachment issues are usually given personality disorder diagnoses. I have discussed RAD with my T; she agreed that I likely had it as a child, but said I can't officially be diagnosed with it now. I am instead diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder (with BPD traits). I wish the mental health field gave more attention to adult attachment issues.

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Thank you guys! I have experienced childhood emotional neglect. I was never in therapy as a child, but I am now as an adult. I have been diagnosed with BPD. And I had one therapist suggest that perhaps I have some Avoidant traits. One of my biggest BPD symptoms is getting attached to caregivers and idealizing them and then sometimes devaluing them. Fearing their abandonment. My "attachment people" are always women who are a bit older than me... essentially mother figures. So in that sense I "pursue." But I also feel like I avoid other types of close relationships... romantic ones. I've never had a romantic relationship. Just a few dates here and there. But it's scary... the thought of getting close to someone in that way. Actually, I don't feel like I even CAN form that kind of bond. I don't feel like I can love someone in a romantic way. Maybe that's just because I haven't experienced it yet? I'm not sure. But the thought of being "tied down" and having to spend the rest of my life with someone is scary... yet I also want that? I really want to have a strong, close, romantic relationship with my partner, but I feel like I'm just imagining what I see in movies and such. When I actually try to picture myself living under the same roof with a partner and being so closely connected to them, it seems impossible. Or if I did it, I would secretly be miserable. I'm so confused with myself. I want to be able to be comfortable in a close romantic relationship, but it's scary too and I just don't feel like it's a realistic expectation for me. It's like I want my "fantasy," but I know deep down that it's not possible... Anyway. Rambling. It's just frustrating. But thank you for the information! That's helpful.
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Unfortunately, adults with attachment issues are usually given personality disorder diagnoses. I have discussed RAD with my T; she agreed that I likely had it as a child, but said I can't officially be diagnosed with it now. I am instead diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder (with BPD traits). I wish the mental health field gave more attention to adult attachment issues.
Yes, but the DSM is really well behind the times. If they finally add C-PTSD and fully acknowledge the role of complex childhood trauma in a range of mental health conditions then maybe we will see the concept of dysregulated attachment patterns having more prominence. Right now the DSM continues to operate largely on a typographical rather than aetiological level.
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I used to work in one of those group homes for adolescent boys who were taken out of their homes by the courts. We had one boy who was dx'd as reactive attachment. He was described to me as the kind of kid who, if a stranger drove up in a car and said, "Hey, do you want to go for a ride?" he'd go, "Sure!" and get in the car. It was as if he had no caution around people. Anyway, that is what I understand about RAD. He could also have clingy meltdowns regarding people, like he just couldn't stand being separated from someone if they were having a conflict.
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Im over from the dissociative disorder forums, I got the others diagnoses and this is single most hurtful thing to a system that has habit forming ways to just think to destablize us beyond me. I think attachment for us is what it is for us to feel safe it must be not in circle not directly spoken too, not that much facial contact, not too intimidating. This is vital for us, because all socialization isn't eye contact or too vulnerable is very depleting to pourin out due to intimidating
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I am awaiting my appointment with a new Dr. To be diagnosed but my ladac told me she thinks I have borderline PD... I have been doing so much h reading and comparing for the past monththat my husband started getting upset with . My dreams have been crazy because I have been going through all these old traumas.. all I know is that I need help
I get so so upset, and sad. And unable to connect to my husband when we have any type of disagreement. Then I get upset thinking he's setting up a cheat on me because I am not getting 110 % back in support. He has RAD as a child and I just want to connect.. I got 10% for how deep our love is. And that's exactly how it feels when I am sad. I try to constantly connect all day long. I keep a running commentary going and he yups me to death. I can't get him to tell me anything about himself really and we have been together 3 years.. I don't want to give up, but I am not happy. I feel like I should be locked up until my diagnosis
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I donít post very much, this one caught my attention. There really isnít a lot of updated information on attachment disorders as adults. Like all goes away when we reach 18. The term i have heard for myself is dismissive/avoidant attachment style with borderline traits or personality disorder-nos. Along with a few other things. I seem to be this square peg trying to fit into the round hole. From reading this, im not the only one. Little bit of this, dash of that, mix it up and see what you get lol
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