Q & A – What is RDD

Responsibility Deficit Disorder (RDD) is not a recognized psychiatric or medical diagnosis. It is a term that has been coined by some authors and self-help gurus to describe a pattern of behavior characterized by chronic irresponsibility, lack of accountability, and avoidance of personal responsibility.

According to proponents of RDD, individuals who suffer from this “disorder” often fail to take responsibility for their actions and tend to blame others or external circumstances for their problems. They may have difficulty setting and achieving goals, and often engage in self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, gambling, or overspending.

However, it is important to note that RDD is not a recognized disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is the primary diagnostic tool used by mental health professionals. The concept of RDD is not supported by empirical evidence or clinical research, and its use has been criticized by some mental health experts as overly simplistic and lacking scientific validity.

Instead of focusing on the concept of RDD, mental health professionals may use more established diagnostic categories, such as personality disorders or substance use disorders, to identify and treat individuals who struggle with irresponsibility, lack of accountability, and self-destructive behaviors. Treatment for these issues may involve a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and support from family and community resources.

©Linda Turner http://parentalalienationpas.com 2023

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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