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More than Love: Adopting and Surviving Attachment Disorder Children

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Attachment Disorder is the psychological diagnosis for children who exhibit problems with attachment during infancy or early childhood. Often resulting in severe emotional and behavioral problems, these children are unable to give and receive love and affection. Often physically and emotionally abusive to caregivers, siblings and peers, these children constantly defy parental rules and authority and create ongoing stress and turmoil in a family.

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Overview

Attachment Disorder is the psychological diagnosis for children who exhibit problems with attachment during infancy or early childhood. Often resulting in severe emotional and behavioral problems, these children are unable to give and receive love and affection. Often physically and emotionally abusive to caregivers, siblings and peers, these children constantly defy parental rules and authority and create ongoing stress and turmoil in a family.

More Than Love is a candid chronicle of three boys adopted with Attachment Disorder and of the difficulties experienced by their adoptive parents. Begun as a daily journal of a quest to bond as a family, author Sherril M. Stone, Ph.D. spares no emotion or detail as she describes the years of heartache and determination required to parent the boys. While outsiders only witnessed charming, sweet, and "good" boys, those close to them knew the extent of their manipulative behaviors. The struggle to reverse the harm caused before the adoption stretched a strong marriage and close family ties to the breaking point. Tragically, the only choice was to relinquish parental rights, a decision made to protect family, friends, and society as a whole.

More Thank Love offers includes tips for the identification of signs and symptoms of Attachment Disorder and includes suggestions for handling aggressive, disruptive and antisocial behaviors, as well as a guide to therapeutic services.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595192946
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 719,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1 Life Decisions 1
Chapter 2 Getting Together 8
Chapter 3 The Honeymoon Period 23
Chapter 4 The Wave of Trials and Tribulations 30
Chapter 5 Court Date--Another Beginning 38
Chapter 6 False Hopes 53
Chapter 7 Faded Hope, Shattered Dreams 65
Chapter 8 Letting Go 80
Chapter 9 Please GOD Not Another One 89
Chapter 10 Priorities 100
Chapter 11 Here We Go Again 106
Chapter 12 Lasting Effects 114
Chapter 13 Season of Change 121
Chapter 14 Full Circle 136
Chapter 15 Repercussions 140
Chapter 16 The Beginning of the End 157
Chapter 17 Which One Now 171
Chapter 18 Nightmares Aren't This Bad 186
Chapter 19 Three Strikes 203
Chapter 20 It's Over 213
Chapter 21 The Final Straw 223
Chapter 22 Reflections 230
Appendix Attachment Disorder--Diagnosis and Treatment 235
References 245
About the Author 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2001

    This book is a 'must read'!!!

    Impossible to put down!! WOW!!! Everyone should read this book, even if you never plan to adopt children. As a matter of fact, I highly suggest that anyone that has children, works with them, and or is around them read this book, including Parents, Teachers, Doctors, Psychologist, Sociologist, Police Officers, Adoption Agencies, and Government officials. It will really open your eyes. While reading ¿More Than Love¿¿, I was filled with every emotion possible, sadness, anger, and yes even happiness. I could not help crying, laughing, smiling, and empathizing with Dr. and Mr. Stone. I take my hat off to them, and thank them for sharing their story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    One of few RAD books

    I am the adoptive mother of a 16 year old girl diagnosed with RAD and PTSD after years of abuse and neglect. I was happy to find this book. It was nice to see many of the traits and symptoms that we see abd struggle with. It was nice to see that many of the responses we've used to her behavior instinctively are similar to suggestions in this book. I have experienced many of the same things, including the threat of charges if we left her side to get the help she needs. I am terribly saddened by the paths these boys have traveled. I am still hopeful that our daughter will become a functional adult.

    In short, this book has made me feel less isolated and alone. I do highly recommend people considering the adoption of older children read this worst case scenario, but it should not keep educated adoptors from taking on the challenges of older adoptees.

    As i continue to search for solutions and help for my daughter, these boys, and those hurt by them, will remain in my prayers.

    I thank the author for her honesty and efforts in writing her story.

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