How Untreated Attachment Disorders Can Trigger Other Behavioral Health Issues
Attachment disorders in adults have had far more time to manifest themselves than they have in a child that experiences attachment disorders. This can often lead to them developing into other types of disorders including:
This is a personality trait where someone lacks emotional awareness. With this trait, a patient can find it hard to express, identify, and in extreme cases, experience different emotions. Because of these deficits, they may come across as distant or cold, furthering their difficulty in developing or maintaining relationships. One of the key factors for developing alexithymia is believed to be insecure attachments.
Depression & Anxiety
People that suffer from attachment disorders tend to internalize emotions, and this can lead to other mental disorders. A meta-analysis reported that unresolved and preoccupied attachment had a large association with varying levels of depression. Another study reported that insecure attachments or attachment anxiety led to emotional turmoil and heightened symptoms of anxiety.
People with attachment disorders may have self-identity and self-blame issues that stem from attachment issues that occurred in their childhood. Because of this, there is a strong connection between eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating with insecure attachments.
Patients that have attachment disorders are at a higher risk of developing addictive habits. Addiction may be one of the self-isolating responses for someone that had an irregular attachment to a caregiver during their childhood.