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That’s me above right in third grade, with a bad case of attachment disorder– and me today. I didn’t know attachment disorder even existed until a few years ago — when it finally brought me to my knees. This is my story of recovery and hope. I’ll share the milestones on my journey, and the people, research, and programs that have saved my life.
A little Brain science
Is this a problem with your brain? It was with mine, but Whu Nu? (He was first Prime Minister of Burma.) I laugh now, but parts of my brain were literally dark, and it hurt. These are three-year-olds’ brains: Left: Normal;
Right: Attachment Disorder
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Click for key update: Neurofeedback Works – Van der Kolk. Trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, MD posted a webinar 8-9-16 which changes the map. He says Sebern Fisher introduced him to neurofeedback. “She showed me drawings that traumatized kids did (stick figures), how they developed after 20 weeks of neurofeedback (real people), after 40 weeks (an attached group). I was blown away,” he says. “Nothing I know of can do that.”
See The Girl Behind The Door: A Father’s Journey Into the Mysteries of Attachment, by the adoptive father of Casey, a Polish orphan with severe Attachment Disorder. Brace for heart break as you scroll down to a video of baby Casey in the orphanage. This is what the physical pain of attachment failure looks like. So if we have severe emotional pain as teens or adults, we can stop condemning ourselves, stop stuffing it, and go seek healing. Reality is, we human organisms are easily damaged before age three.
In the wake of his son Matthew’s suicide, Pastor Rick Warren, head of Saddleback Church, said in a statement: “America’s mental health system is irreparably broken.” The system, he said, “failed Matthew with misdiagnosis and wrong treatments his entire life….” See the July 26 post here.
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Brain scan source: Perry, BD and Pollard, D., “Altered brain development following global neglect in early childhood,” Society For Neuroscience: Proceedings from Annual Meeting,New Orleans, 1997 at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/earlybrain.pdf See also Footnote 5 here: Silent Epidemic of Attachment Disorder
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