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Attachment Disorders

What are attachment disorders

There are four attachment styles. The attachment style established in your childhood affects you well into adulthood. It can determine how easily you trust others and the way you cope with stressful situations. Some attachment styles have maladaptive features that can be better understood, enabling you to form more secure bonds. Those with attachment disorders have difficulty forming relationships, find it difficult to show affection and don't trust others.

The four attachment styles are:

Secure attachment

Those with secure attachment style are comfortable getting emotionally close to others.  They expect to be accepted by others. Secure attachment leads people to have positive feelings about their relationships. It also correlates with relationship satisfaction.

Anxious-preoccupied attachment

Characterized by the desire for closeness with others and simultaneous concern that others are reluctant to get close to them. People with this attachment style often feel that partners don’t value them as much as they value their partners.  There may be feelings of emotional hunger and relationship insecurity in relationships.

Dismissive-avoidant attachment

Those with this attachment style see themselves as independent and self-sufficient. They create emotional distance between themselves and others. They feel uncomfortable depending on others and often deny the need for close relationships. They respond to conflict by shutting down.

Fearful-avoidant attachment

Characterized by feelings of emotional ambivalence, this attachment style is associated with loss and trauma. Those with this style find it difficult to trust others and have a hard time expressing affection because they are plagued by fear of abandonment. They often feel unworthy of relationships.

Treating Attachment Disorders

Treatment options that work for my clients are:

  • Talk therapy
  • Psychotherapy with a biopsychosocial approach that considers the biological, psychological, and social factors
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Introduction of coping strategies and self-talk

I also make recommendations for alternative mindfulness therapies like yoga and meditation.

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