Attachment-Related Symptoms

Sibling RivalryWhen reviewing this list, please keep in mind that only a qualified clinician experienced with diagnosing and treating Attachment Disorder can accurately make a diagnosis.


  • Frequently defies rules (oppositional)
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Aggression toward others
  • Destruction of property
  • Consistently irresponsible
  • Abnormal eating habits
  • Inappropriately demanding & clingy
  • Stealing
  • Deceitful (lying, conning)
  • Hoarding
  • Inappropriate sexual conduct & attitudes
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Enuresis & encopresis
  • Hyperactivity
  • Persistent nonsense questions & incessant chatter
  • Difficulty with novelty & change

Cognitive Functioning

  • Lack of cause-and-effect thinking
  • Learning disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Grandiose sense of self-importance
  • Grandiose sense of victim-hood

Showing Affection

  • Not affectionate on parents’ terms
  • Intense displays of anger (rage)
  • Marked mood changes
  • Intensely sad, depressed or helpless
  • Inappropriate emotional responses

Social Behavior

  • Superficially engaging and charming
  • Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers
  • Victimizes others (perpetrator, bully)
  • Exploitative, manipulative, controlling and bossy
  • Lack of eye contact for closeness
  • Lack of or unstable peer relationships
  • Cannot tolerate limits and external control
  • Blames others for own mistakes and problems
  • Victimized by others
  • Completely lacking trust in others


  • Poor hygiene
  • Chronic body tension
  • Accident prone
  • High pain tolerance
  • Overreaction to minor injury
  • Tactilely defensive


  • Lack of meaning and purpose
  • Lack of remorse (conscience)
  • Identification with evil and the dark side of life

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