By now, everyone’s heard of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. While he’s undoubtedly made an impact in the world, most people don’t know that he almost didn’t make it to this point, as his childhood was plagued with traumatic experiences.
Here are a few traumatic events that nearly killed Elon Musk, but instead propelled him forward on his path to success.
How Elon nearly died from Reactive Attachment Disorder
Elon was born in Pretoria, South Africa on June 28, 1971. He is a very private person who revealed just how dysfunctional his childhood was when he revealed that he suffered from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) as a child. The illness occurs when a baby or young child doesn’t get enough affection or attention from their parents and it makes them withdrawn, with an inability to form strong emotional attachments to other people. Elon was sent to live with his grandparents at just 10 months old and both of his parents were absent for most of his childhood. This combined with psychological issues that include bipolar disorder and depression could have led Elon on a very different path.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in October 2017, Elon admitted he had been diagnosed as having a disorder in his childhood. He said it’s unclear whether he was born with Reactive Attachment Disorder or whether it developed because of his neglectful parents and their divorce when he was eight. ‘The most terrible thing is to be emotionally cut off from other people,’ said Elon. ‘Reality is wrong. When people are mean, it just means they’re not paying attention.’
Two years ago Elon said that after his father, Errol, and then he himself had successfully rocketed a Tesla Roadster into space using SpaceX technology, he felt like sending one of his own vehicles up next.
He said ‘I have been thinking about it and that is a possibility, but I would only do something like that if I had given my life’s work to Tesla and SpaceX.’ The father of five then revealed that his next big project could be a trip to Mars. Elon admitted he had been having trouble sleeping and explained how ‘A lot of times people will delude themselves into thinking they are happy when they are really not happy. A lot of people live their life on autopilot – maybe because they’re comfortable or scared of change or something like that,’ he said. ‘I think often people suffer from a fear of insanity.’
What you need to know about Reactive Attachment Disorder
Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a condition that prevents normal social and emotional development. Children with RAD have not had enough love and support from a parent or caregiver to form an attachment to them. Without proper bonding, kids struggle with forming attachments in relationships. Here’s everything you need to know about RAD, plus how it affects your child’s ability to form relationships as they grow up.
Children with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) struggle to form attachments and trust others as a result of their early childhood experiences. If a child has suffered from neglect or abuse, he may experience RAD. But even if you’re an otherwise attentive parent, your child can develop it. It’s important to know that children with RAD don’t see people or situations as they truly are—instead, they see them in negative ways shaped by their past trauma.
With proper therapy and help, kids with reactive attachment disorder can improve their quality of life and ability to bond. Learn more about how to treat reactive attachment disorder below. You should also be aware that some treatment methods work better than others—it’s worth it to do your research before pursuing any course of action for your child.
What it feels like to have Reactive Attachment Disorder
Reactive attachment disorder, or RAD, is a mental health condition that makes it difficult for someone to form stable relationships. This can manifest in early childhood and even cause extreme behavioural problems that interfere with everyday life. The treatment process usually involves therapy and sometimes psychiatric medication to help manage symptoms. Still, you may have wondered what it’s like to live with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). Well, thanks to Elon Musk’s recent interview with Joe Rogan, we’ve gained a deeper understanding of how he survived trauma as a child — and just how close he came to not making it out alive. Here are some of the shocking revelations from his conversation with Rogan.
Reactive attachment disorder symptoms include severe behavioural problems, intense emotional reactions and self-isolation. Some of these behaviours can pose a danger to people around you — for example, children with RAD may be at risk of wandering away from a safe environment if they’re unable to form attachments. Adults may even harm themselves or others when faced with certain stressful situations that remind them of past trauma.
Elon Musk’s childhood – Fortunately, he was eventually adopted by his father’s first wife Maye Musk, who cared for him alongside their children Jana and Kimbal. Still, it wasn’t easy for Elon as a kid — he suffered from violent rages and had trouble keeping up in school because he couldn’t sit still or stay on task.
How life changed for children with Reactive Attachment Disorder after 1980
I have been a therapist for 10 years and have never heard of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Today, I am hearing that there is an increase in children being diagnosed with RAD. We are not sure what caused it to appear more frequently in children after 1980, but one story that might shed some light on it is Elon Musk’s childhood. We know that Elon was born in South Africa and his family moved to Canada when he was ten years old because of his father’s work contract. His mother had to leave him at his grandparent’s house as she flew back home to South Africa to help care for her sick mother who passed away shortly after she arrived.
Elon was 6 years old when his father, an engineer moved back to Canada. His mother did not come with him because she had to care for her ill mother. When his mother finally arrived in Canada, Elon was introduced to her and they were getting along well. Elon started developing a close relationship with his mom until one day something happened and he started screaming at her and calling her a bad mommy. The workers at his school noticed that he would become very disruptive in class and would even throw chairs around when angry. In addition, Elon would stop talking to people altogether if he got upset. For example, if someone complimented him on something he said that only made him upset about something else.
Elon was ultimately diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder and was treated with a blend of drugs, shock treatment and therapy. This helped Elon greatly but he has since said that his life had been very difficult at times growing up. This is not surprising because we now know that children with Reactive Attachment Disorder have difficulty relating to others which leads to more behavioural problems, more bullying and other challenges in school as well as higher rates of drug abuse later in life. Children with RAD often develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms after being abused or neglected during childhood.
Final Thoughts on The Effect of Reactive Attachment Disorder on Elon Musk’s Life
If you believe your child has RAD, it’s important to seek professional help. Early intervention can make a world of difference in overcoming a negative childhood—the same is true for Elon Musk, who likely would have grown up to be an entirely different person had he not been adopted by his grandparents when he was an infant. Thankfully, they stepped in and changed his life completely; without them, I’m convinced Elon Musk wouldn’t be where he is today—and neither would we. The truth is that many people are helped by supportive families and caregivers—but for those who aren’t, learning how to deal with their challenging pasts can be incredibly difficult. How does someone overcome years of abuse?
No one knows exactly what happened during Elon Musk’s childhood, but it’s clear that his time in South Africa left him with more than a few demons. Luckily, he has been able to overcome these traumatic experiences and still achieve incredible success—and I hope my story on how Reactive Attachment Disorder impacted his life can help others struggling with RAD move forward as well. Although it’s never easy to come face-to-face with one’s past traumas, confronting your emotional problems is incredibly important for achieving mental health and stability. If you think you may be suffering from RAD or other disorders that impact your attachment style, I encourage you to seek professional help today.
If you’re struggling to come to terms with how Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) has impacted your life, I urge you to seek help now. Many people struggling with reactive attachment disorder can find peace and a renewed sense of stability in therapy. Getting professional treatment for RAD can help you overcome your past traumas and change your life for the better—and it might even inspire others around you! If you have any questions or would like more information on reactive attachment disorder, please feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
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