Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're a parent or caregiver whose child has reactive attachment disorder, it's easy to become angry, frustrated and distressed. You may feel like your child doesn't love you — or that it's hard to like your child sometimes.

You may find it helpful to:

  • Check with your doctor or social service agencies to see what resources are available in your community.
  • Find someone who can give you a break from time to time. It can be exhausting caring for a child with reactive attachment disorder. You'll begin to burn out if you don't periodically have downtime — but avoid using multiple caregivers.
  • Practice stress management skills, such as yoga or meditation, to help you relax and not get overwhelmed.
  • Make time for yourself. Maintain your hobbies, social engagements and exercise routine.
  • Acknowledge it's OK to feel frustrated or angry at times, and that the strong feelings you may have about your child are natural.
July 10, 2014