Reactive Attachment DisorderThu, Feb 28th 2002
I was recently diagnosed with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) among other things. I am 19 years old, and I don't feel that I am phony or manipulative- I also have a VERY strong conscience, I just don't trust people and have some of the other symptoms. How is it diagnosed (the pdoc didn't really ask anything about my parents or childhood- his reason for diagnosing me was something like, I was distant and seemed to not want close relationships, and in all probablity he felt this stemmed from early chaos (never ASKED... I did have lots of early chaos, but considering I didn't tell him very much, I am a little perplexed- can they really just diagnose you after asking yor favourite authors, tkaing in your physical appearence and.. that's it?) He also said that due to my "dishevelled appearence" I might be at risk for psychosis (and because I talked about aliens a bit). The whole encounter struck me as odd, almost comical. So what if I mentioned aliens *once* (I drew them). They are a popular theme. Do you know how to appeal diagnoses' or how to register comments with pdoc bosses? Thank you. Also, having RAD doesn't mean a person is necessarily manipulative and lacking a conscience right? Because I am almost neurotic, I feel so much guilt...
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