Thank you for your concern. But the diagnosis is not RAD. G doesn't rage on a regular basis but I have discovered over the last two years is that as the weather changes into fall, the nights get longer, her mood shifts. That particular morning when I dropped her off was total chaos in the classroom and several kids ran up to her before she could walk in the door good. She needs time to warm up because she is an introvert.
Lashing out at animals is not as harsh as the words sound. Simon the cat is her best friend, but when she doesn't get her way she hits at his tale. She never connects. She isn't hitting at them to hurt them and doesn't do that often either. Mostly she reacts at bed time when Clementine is sitting on her (as Clementine is 60 lbs.). Clementine doesn't do that often because I stop her. She doesn't mean to do that either.
So although I appreciate your comment, I would have appreciated a name with it more, G doesn't have RAD. I started out the adoption process looking at that as possibilities and worried for the first 6 months home. I realize the stuff I put here is just a small portion of what goes on in our lives but if G had RAD, the blog would be where I would discuss it. Since you don't know us and we don't know you, I could see where you might get the impression.
Two of the co-workers I spoke with are therapists and one is very familiar with it as her son has it. RAD is not what you see when you see G. G displays normal 3 1/2 year old behavior. Now also having said that, she does have a need to control her situation and ended up in two 3 minute time outs in 8 minutes last night before bed. She was acting out over needing to control her bed time.