Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED) is one of two childhood attachment disorders. A childhood attachment disorder can develop when children don’t receive the appropriate nurturing and affection from their parents.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), symptoms of DSED include:

  • Lack of fear of adult strangers
  • No shyness when meeting new people
  • Behavior that is overly friendly or talkative to strangers
  • Hugging or having similar responses to unknown adults
  • No hesitation in leaving parents or caregivers with a stranger
  • Not looking to parents or primary caregivers for permission to approach strangers


Disinhibited social engagement disorder can be dangerous for several reasons, including child abduction. If you are concerned that your child could have DSED and want to learn more about the disorder these DSED FAQs may provide more answers.

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