My 14 yr old son (difficult child 1) has been diagnosis'd Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)/mild & intermittent. His first diagnosis was Generalized Anxiety Disorder when he was nine. Two years later, when I pressed a psychiatrist at a psychiatric hospital, he shrugged and said our kid was a tough case to diagnosis, that he could be ODD, Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) as well. I read the diagnosis in a social worker's case report on us (long story, I'll skip it for now) but I don't know who assigned it to him. What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)? I seem to recall people posting about it that had adopted kids from abusive/neglectful birth homes. That doesn't describe our situation. He is my biological son, second child, normal intelligence, text book pregnancy and unmedicated delivery, hit his mile stones on time, had plenty of attention and cuddling as an infant. I nursed him for the first three months before switching to bottle feeding (so my mother in law, who lived with us, could care for him as well). There were no violent situations or illness in the family. My in-laws lived with us and were enthusiastic and affectionate grandparents who doted on the kids. Compared to his older sister, he was much clingier as a toddler and it was very hard for me to leave him with a sitter. He had to be pried off me, or worse, I had to sneak off while he was distracted. The caregiver, who ran a licensed home day care, told me that he was fine five minutes after I left, but the act of my leaving continued to upset him for a very long time. He did better in preschool but occasionally had periods of separation anxiety (particularly around the time his grandfather passed away). He has always behaved well in school and his classmates and teachers genuinely like him, but at home, with me in particular, he is rude, oppositional, manipulative and very aggressive with his younger sister...he is being considered for a spot in an Residential Treatment Center (RTC) five hours away and I would like him to go, his dad is a little less sure...the school district is willing to pay for this! That almost never happens in our town, you have to fight tooth and nail for any services. What works for kids diagnosis'd with-Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)?