Stacey Mak, LCSW offers information, support and therapy for parents and children with attachment disorders, bonding issues, difficulties for adoptive families and children, as well as assessment and diagnosis of children who have suffered early trauma. Stacey Mak, LCSW serves children and families in North Florida, the Jacksonville and surrounding areas, and Southern Georgia.
Stacey Mak, LCSW specializes in the treatment of children who have been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a combination of the above.
What is Reactive Attachment Disorder?
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a disorder caused in the first 3 years of life, characterized by the inability to form loving and lasting relationships.
Children with this disorder exhibit a variety of symptoms and behaviors that can include:
Superficially engaging and charming
Lack of eye contact on parents’ terms
Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers
Not affectionate with mom
Destructive to self, others and material things
Cruelty to animals
Lying about the obvious
No impulse controls
Lack of cause and effect thinking
Lack of conscience
Abnormal eating patterns
Poor peer relationships
Preoccupation with fire
Preoccupation with blood and gore
Persistent chatter and nonsense questions
Inappropriately demanding and clingy
Abnormal speech patterns
Triangulation of adults
False allegations of abuse
Presumptive entitlement issues
(Nancy Thomas, 2005)
Many of these children have been adopted by loving parents, who are providing a tremendous amount of love and support to their child, but the behaviors persist. Your family CAN heal! These children are capable of a loving, reciprocal relationship with the proper treatment.