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Attachment Disorder: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Attachment Disorder? How is the Attachment Disorder treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the Attachment Disorder?

Attachment disorder is a psychological ailment that is characterized by the incapability of a person to form an emotional attachment with anybody. A person who suffers from this condition fails to form lasting relationships with another individual. This is a condition that develops in children or even infants and does not appear overnight. Therefore treatment should be sought at the initial stage.

Every child needs to be nurtured, shown affection and given enough comfort. Attachment disorder develops when the caregiver or the parents fail to meet the child’s requirements. Psychological counseling is one way to get around this difficulty. Here, not only the child, but also the parents or the person who takes care of the child are properly educated and taught the crux of handling a child soundly.

In a fast-paced life where parents have no option other than leaving their children in the hands of nannies or governesses before leaving home for their respective works, attachment disorder can develop in any child. After all no one can replace the biological parents. Sometimes, even work pressure and stress ill-dispose the parents to render the kind of care that a child needs. Over time the child becomes detached and the filial love never formulates. Psychotherapy can help these children greatly and with time they will show positive symptoms if the intervention is attempted at an early stage.

How is the Attachment Disorder treatment done?

The first attachment that a child forms is with the mother. The mother tends to the child’s every need, like feeding and giving comfort. The attachment with the father forms through lively activities such as playing and the child should be made to understand that his parents are his constant support system. When the parents fail to do that, the child develops attachment disorder and does not respond to the parents’ urges as well as expectations. Psychotherapy can help these children greatly.

The therapies will show the child how healthy relationships look like through various interventions. Play therapy is a kind of treatment where the caregiver or the parents spends considerable amount of time with the child and engages the child and draw the child’s attention through jocund activities that every child appreciates.

Every child possesses that faculty that elicits the maximum happiness. The therapy revolves around the tapping of that very faculty. Constant interaction with the child is a must, and the child should be responded to at any given situation. Attachment disorder can only be curbed by making the child understand that he/she can depend upon the parents and get their love and approval. If treatment is not done at an early stage the ailment will persist and will have a long-term negative effect on the child.

The parents are also taught about child care where they learn about the various aspects of dealing with a child.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

A child who shows symptoms of withdrawal should be treated immediately. Some of the signs of attachment disorder include unexplained sadness, irritability, lack of interaction with other people, not responding positively to affection when it is shown, on part of the child.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Withdrawal syndrome should not be only related to attachment disorder. A child can show signs of withdrawal if he/she has underlying medical conditions like autism, or intellectual impairment. Therefore, proper diagnosis needs to be done before beginning psychotherapy to treat attachment disorder.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side-effects of psychotherapy approach to treat children suffering from attachment disorder.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The primary aspect of attachment disorder is that the child does not develop this on his/her own. He/she develops it only when the caregivers or the parents fail to meet the various needs of the child. Therefore upon diagnosis the psychotherapist figures out the lapses on part of the parents or the caregiver. After this they are educated about child care and the ins and outs of dealing with a child. The child is also engaged in certain interactive sessions with the caregivers, and coaxed into developing a healthy relationship with them. This includes play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy. Parents or the caregivers should make sure that the interaction with the child thrives and all his/her needs are met with even after the psychotherapy session ends. The home environment must be very healthy where both the parents and the caregivers should make an effort to communicate with the child, and show him/her enough affection to revive the feelings of love that every child naturally has for his/her parents or caregivers.

How long does it take to recover?

The time for recovery depends on the psychological condition of the child. Normally, a positive change should be observer within a month. For a child whose condition is serious, it might take longer.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

In India, the psychotherapy session could be anywhere between INR 5000 and INR 15000 (per session).

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

If the parents or the caregivers maintain proper communication with the child as far as affection is shown and all the needs are tended to, the positive effect that this treatment will have will be permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Popular Questions & Answers

Yes, I am aware about my problem (even according to a psychiatrist also, I am suffering from schizoaffective disorder - but not medical diagnosis provided). I have to control it in a proper way. Medicines are not a perfect solution for mental health. I have to work on my own, through my own will-power and positive thoughts. I will not depend on the medicines and will not make it a habit for future. Yes, I started to take the psychiatric medicines on 2nd january 2021 and stopped it on 19th february 2021 by tapering as advised by psychiatrist. I was taking escitalopram and olanzapine for depression, anxiety, mild trichotillomania, bipolar 1 disorder (most recent episode), moderate cluster b traits, grandiose delusions, odd eccentric belief, premorbid rigidity, anhedonia, non pervasive low mood and mood swings. And in total I had undergone 27 counselling/psychotherapy sessions. Also I completed (in total) 8 weeks of computerized cognitive behavioural therapy. Also, my parents are aware of my problem (they got to know by my college principal) I feel that the thought of antidepressants increase serotonin is theoretical but it's side-effects are confirmed in the sense after stopping antidepressants/antipsychotic, relapse of mood disorder could occur in a severe way.

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According to psychiatrist, I am suffering from schizoaffective disorder but I am medically diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder (most recent or current manic) along with grandiose delusions symptoms. What does that mean? Anyway, currently I am experiencing delusions (beliefs that conflict with reality). In the following, I explained reality v/s my illusion. Please relate it like analogy. Reality: 1) from a youtube video, there was someone’s mother named mamta. She discussed the disadvantages of online classes in a crying manner and told not to submit the online assignments through youtube video. She told “bhaad me janna do” and after that I tore all the papers which I wrote as assignments to upload. And this is the reason I did’t appear for internal exams. 2) I had opt for spiritual counselling to get rid of suicidal thoughts and masturbation addiction. Just before semester 6 theory exams, I had voluntarily dialled the organization number. It was a group call, means in first call, their manager was there. He was from tamil nadu, therefore he does’t knew english language. So he forwarded to another person. So, there was an old lady in the second call, she told me to avoid phone. She then forwarded the call to a man and he gave spiritual advice from the bible and also told to avoid phone. Actually he was trying to say to stay from phone addiction but I altered the meaning of it and then for almost next week I did’t appear for online exams wilfully because in my mind it was there that they were supporting me to stay from phone addiction therefore I was feeling that I am doing a great thing by not giving online exams thus staying away from phone and I got failed in online exam because I was absent for it. 3) I had booked an appointment with a female psychologist (completed her masters) for counselling. So on the third day she told to opt for psychiatric medications (in the label of medicine it is mentioned as drug). Therefore I resisted. Then I booked an appointment with a senior clinical psychologist so at last she told me to opt for psychiatric medications then I agreed to her decision. I then booked an appointment with a clinical psychologist then on the same day, she told me to visit a psychiatrist. And then on the same day I booked an appointment with a male psychiatrist. Then after 2 weeks, I left home saying that I want to get cut my hair therefore I told my parents that I am going to barber shop. My parents got suspicious that suddenly what happened to me. So, they dropped me to the barber shop, so after finishing the hair cut, I immediately went to the medical store and bought the medicines prescribed by the psychiatrist. Meanwhile, my parents were searching for me. My parents searched me, asked barber shop about me, and searched me in sewage thinking I fall down in the sewage. But then I came back to house with medicines in my pocket. Then my parents and my siblings asked me, “where were you? We were searching you.” then I told them I was busy in helping a person. He wants someone to take care of his suitcase (cloth). He wants to go to home by bike so he needs someone to sit behind the back. So, I sat behind carrying his suitcase so that the suitcase should be ironed (to look good all the time). My parents then told me that in this case, 90% people falls in a trap of drug case. Better avoid next time or say no politely. I did’t give semester 5 practical exams because I gave priority to my life and not exams in the sense to get treatment first. I was taking escitalopram and olanzapine for 46 days for major affective depressive disorder, cluster b personality disorder, mild trichotillomania, adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood, bipolar 1 disorder (most recent or current manic) along with grandiose delusions symptoms (according to the psychiatrist, I believe myself that I am god) and stopped the treatment by tapering as advised by the psychiatrist. 4) I completed the treatment on 18th february 2021 but on 23rd march 2021, relapse of mood disorders occurred and it was high than previous scenario in the sense suicidal thoughts were coming, wants to complete the tasks of blue-whale game. 5) recently I watched crime patrol, so my mind delusions and the dramatized scene of crime patrol getting combined. In the sense, what scene is happening in crime patrol the same thing I believe it like a reality and tell everyone that I also experienced that… for example, in a crime patrol episode, a depressed girl left home so I was getting the same thought that I should also leave house. In the episode, an engineering student left home and join taliban and there the taliban commando telling their students that leave your family and join taliban and then shadi ho jao. So I was also getting inspire by them in the sense I feel that I also did like that and telling everyone that I am a community of taliban member (making my illusion mind like reality) 6) then I made my mind to pray for syria, so then I left my studies and devoted my time in praying for syria. (thus not attending online lecture, didn’t appear for online exams, not submitted assignments and then failed) then I joined a prayer whatsapp group in which all are praying for syria then suddenly the admin of the whatsapp group removed me from the whatsapp. Then I introspect myself that I left education and devoted my time in praying but the admin removed me. So I stood nowhere. Then I watched a crime patrol episode in which an engineering student left studies and joined terrorist because he was emotionally blackmailed but the commando rejected him because he was an indian. So, neither he completed engineering nor gained respect from that person whom he left studies. illusion (what I told to my classmates thinking its reality): 1) through video call, someone’s mother (i don’t know her personally…she told her name is mamta). She brainwashed me in the sense, in a crying way she told that not to give online exams, not to submit assignments. She told, “bhaad me jaane do”. And after that I tore all the papers which I wrote as assignments to upload. And this is the reason I did’t appear for internal exams. 2) through phone-call (not whatsapp call): just before semester 6 theory exams, I had a phone-call. It was a group call, means in first call, their boss was there. In second call, there was a person (voice was like of an old lady person)…she told to switch off the phone for the next 1 week. And then the third call, the call last for 1 hour. He told me that he is very religious and he altered the meaning of bible verses in his way and told to completely stay away from internet for the next 1 week. In short, in the name of religion they all brainwashed me which made me not to appear for semester 6 theory exams. 3) I don’t know who they were….but a girl (completed her masters) talked to me very nicely for hours, then later she told me to take drugs but I resisted. Then next day I received a phone call from a lady (she was her team member). For 3 days, the lady was telling to take drugs but I resisted, then on the same day, I received a phone call, there was girl (elder than me) told me to take drugs but I resisted, then after few days a phone call (a female from delhi) told me to take drugs, again I resisted. Then due to repetitive calls from a girl who is talking to me nicely, I lost my control then I approached a person to take drugs. He told me to do what they say, to buy drugs. Then after 2 weeks, I left my home without informing my parents to buy drugs. My parents searched me, asked barber shop about me, and searched me in sewage thinking I fall down in the sewage. But then I came back to house with drugs in my pocket. Then my parents and my siblings asked me, “where were you? We were searching you.” then I told them I was busy in helping a person. He wants someone to take care of his suitcase (cloth). He wants to go to home by bike so he needs someone to sit behind the back. So, I sat behind carrying his suitcase so that the suitcase should be ironed (to look good all the time). My parents then told me that in this case, 90% people falls in a trap of drug case. Better avoid next time or say no politely. I didn't gave semester 5 practical exams in december 2020 because my mind was stacked in drug matter. I was taking 2 type of drugs per day for 46 days, then that drug subconsciously tell me multiple times – that thing which certain people told to me during brainwashing. This includes not to give assignments, therefore now also I cannot even submit pending assignments of semester 5 and 6. I don’t know what happened to me because that drug erased the memory after brainwashing. Because if someone asks what they told during brainwashing, then that part of memory is difficult to recall. 4) the brainwashed mind was in a such way that suicidal thoughts were coming, wants to complete the tasks of blue-whale game, without informing parents to get resign from college, then leave house and catch train, marry a girl of taliban community and then shadi ho jao. The brainwashed mind was telling that these all are spirituality and can reach to janna. 5) through whatsapp, I was then invited to syria for justice (actually it was terrorist) but they rejected me because I am indian and their thoughts about indian was brutal. 6) I became the victim of a terrorist mind-set (terrorist not in the form of suicide bomber but using coronavirus as a biological weapon) and I was responsible in spreading the coronavirus worldwide. I did it because the brainwashed mind told that after coronavirus, india will be great. Means just like before giving birth, pain occurs during labour. Then later I realized that in the terrorist group, there was many terrorist in the form of priest means terrorist were wearing priest clothes.

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I am not diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I am recently diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder (most recent or current manic) along with the symptoms of grandiose delusions (according to the psychiatrist, I believe myself I am god). I am not diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder but I had taken olanzapine (increased to 5 mg dosage) and this drug is used to treat schizophrenia but as prescribed by psychiatrist, I was taking olanzapine not for schizoaffective disorder but for bipolar disorder along with delusions. Another psychiatrist from Lybrate platform told me that, "you might be suffering from schizoaffective disorder, and it requires immediate action of a doctor. Consult a psychiatrist as soon as possible. So, does this mean that I am diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder or suffering from schizoaffective disorder? If I really have schizoaffective disorder, then who will marry me? It's better to commit suicide as schizoaffective disorder is the most critical psychological disorder. Does the psychiatrist indirectly told me that I am having schizoaffective disorder in the form of bipolar 1 disorder along with grandiose delusions symptoms?

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