Attachment is a key element in healthy human development, beginning with the formation of social, nurturing relationships at birth and transcending through the lifespan. When a normal attachment is interrupted humans hurt as their basic needs for secure relationship and caring are unmet.
Facts about Attachment Issues
Childhood attachment issues may develop as a result of any breach in the process of human connection resulting from (but not limited to) child abuse or neglect, primary caregiver (generally parental) “abandonment” through death or separation, or having excessive caregivers with inconsistent care or through institutionalisation. Attachment issues also impact adults, especially those with a childhood history of loss or abuse who experience loss in connection with a significant person. Attachment issues may present in a variety of ways including depressed-anxious mood, difficulty with self-soothing and emotional regulation, difficulty with distress tolerance and impaired social skills.
- Despite being a life-long illness, it is very manageable.