Does Your Teen Suffer From An Attachment Disorder?

Traumatic experiences can hinder development in young children resulting in persistent behavioral and mental health issues that last well into the teen years and even adulthood. This hindered development results in an individual who is less mature than peers of the same age. As such, problematic behavior can result from impulsive decision-making and destructive behavior stemming from a strong need to be in control.

Additionally, teens with an attachment disorder may fail to display an appropriate level of empathy.  These problems can lead to abnormal social interactions and difficulty maintaining relationships. Even when a relationship is developed, it may consist of inappropriate emotional and sexual behavior as the teen tries to establish control of the situation.

Prosper’s staff of experienced and skilled clinical providers understands just how painful and frustrating it can be for a family trying to cope with a teenager who exhibits such behaviors. That’s why we offer comprehensive, creative, and compassionate services based on the unique needs of your child, helping him or her to reach their individual goals.

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Inhibited Type vs Disinhibited Type: Signs and Symptoms

Teens with attachment disorder can exhibit several signs and symptoms that are polar extremes presenting as either inhibited type or disinhibited type. Some of these include:

Inhibited type:

  • Limited ability to show joy and happiness
  • Unexplained fearfulness, sadness, or irritability with parents or caregivers
  • Problems with anger or temper
  • Doesn’t seek comfort from parents
  • Responds poorly to being comforted by a caregiver or parent
  • Seems detached or withdrawn
  • Rejects relationships with everyone

Disinhibited type:

  • Approaches unfamiliar adults inappropriately
  • Exhibits attention-seeking behavior from anyone
  • Displays childish behavior inappropriate to their age
  • Isn’t cautious with strangers
  • Lacks boundaries

If your teen exhibits troubling behavior and difficulty building healthy, appropriate relationships, Prosper’s residential care and therapy in Montana can help treat your teen’s mental and behavioral health issues.

When a teenager experiences attachment issues, they’ve more than likely suffered some sort of trauma in their lives, often physical abuse or neglect. This impacts their ability to form loving relationships with their parents or caregivers.

Parents or caregivers of teens with attachment disorders typically suffer for many years along with their child. Even worse, hope for change often feels impossible. The heartache from not being able to connect with your child can be crushing. But with the perfect balance of counseling, therapy, and support, teens with attachment disorders can experience significant healing that helps them to better connect with their family and loved ones.

Residential Care at the Prosper Treatment Center in Beautiful Troy, Montana

At Prosper, our team of clinically trained professionals work with many teens and their families struggling with behavioral and mental health issues. We have seen firsthand how the right approach to attachment disorder treatment can bring families back together by working closely with our clients to develop healthy, long-term strategies in a safe, supportive setting.