The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5) helps our children!

Posted on May 20, 2013. Filed under: Parental Alienation Syndrome | Tags: , , , |

Dr. Bill Bernet, lead a group of interested professionals in encouraging the DSM 5 editing group to include Parental Alienation Disorder. The new DSM 5 was published on May 18, 2013 and is the reference book for psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health providers  Here is Dr. Bernet’s unedited analysis of the result.

 

Finally, DSM-5 was published today.  The DSM-5 Task Force told us 2 or 3 years ago that they did not want parental alienation to be a separate diagnosis in DSM-5, but they thought that parental alienation could be considered an example of other diagnoses that are in DSM-5.

 

The actual words “parental alienation” are not in DSM-5, but there are several diagnoses that can be used in these cases.  I would say the “spirit” of parental alienation is in DSM-5, even if the words are not.

 

Parent-child relational problem now has a discussion in DSM-5, not just a label.  The discussion explains that cognitive problems in parent-child relational problem “may include negative attributions of the other’s intentions, hostility toward or scapegoating of the other, and unwarranted feelings of estrangement.”  That is a pretty good description of a child’s view of the alienated parent, although it is an unfortunate use of the word “estrangement.”

 

Child psychological abuse is a new diagnosis in DSM-5.  It is defined as “nonaccidental verbal or symbolic acts by a child’s parent or caregiver that result, or have reasonable potential to result, in significant psychological harm to the child.”  In many instances, the behavior of the alienating parent constitutes child psychological abuse.

 

Child affected by parental relationship distress is another new diagnosis in DSM-5.  It should be used “when the focus of clinical attention if the negative effects of parental relationship discord (e.g., high levels of conflict, distress, or disparagement) on a child in the family, including effects on the child’s mental or other physical disorders.”  That is also a good description of how parental alienation comes about.

 

Factitious disorder imposed on another is the DSM-5 terminology for factitious disorder by proxy or Munchausen disorder by proxy.  Its definition is “falsification of physical or psychological signs or symptoms, or induction of injury or disease, in another, associated with identified deception.”  In some cases, that would describe the behavior of the alienating parent.

 

Delusional symptoms in partner of individual with delusional disorder is the DSM-5 terminology for shared psychotic disorder or folie a deux.  The definition is: “In the context of a relationship, the delusional material from the dominant partner provides content for delusional belief by the individual who may not otherwise entirely meet criteria for delusional disorder.”

 

In discussing this topic, I would say that the concept of parental alienation is clearly in DSM-5, although the actual words are not.  This is a great improvement over DSM-IV-TR, especially with the addition of the new diagnoses, child psychological abuse and child affected by parental relationship distress.

 

Dr. Bernet is currently working with PAAO to present a webinar on this subject in the next 2 – 3 weeks. We will notify you of the details shortly.

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Reblogged this on Public Lies and commented:
The inclusion of these new parent/child relational diagnoses in the May 18th publication of the DSM-5, finally acknowledges the disorders associated with Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome. What’s more is that mental health professionals and family lawyers/judges can no longer dismiss PA and must consider it as a possible factor during Best Interest Evaluations and metal health treatment options. It is insignificant that the label Parental Alienation is not used. The problems and results from that behavior are clearly discussed and that is what counts. Progress has been made., finally.

My custody trial starts in Chicago in less than 2 months. I will try to utilize this and see what happens. My funds are dwindling quickly though. Hopefully I’ll have enough to pay an expert to use this.

When Japan agrees to all the stipulations of signing the Hague convention. It needs to implement proper access to all the children who have been alienated and abducted and for the loving parents who have been denied human rights for all these years.
It’s clearly a human rights violation to deny a loving father/Mother all his/her precious years of spending time with his or her child.
Whether they set up free counselors or some kind of equal rights for visitation………….. They need to grant proper access to the children with no political loopholes within the law. Thousands upon Thousands of Mothers and Fathers will come to Japan in hopes of seeing their children, who have also suffered the trauma of the vicious torment of being denied access.
Children need to know, they were indeed loved, Whatever kind of Brainwashing that might have occurred by the Alienating or abducting parent taking advantage of Japanese law.
Japan has continuously violated international law and has turned a blind eye to the fact that other countries and foreign people Love their children. The relatives of the children have suffered and the children need to now they have numerous relatives who have wanted to share and be a part of their lives, but have also suffered the torment of passing years of denied contact.
Life is about Love and Life is about knowing you were loved. Life can be cold, Hope the children can feel the warmth of their Parents and Relatives Love soon.
Tim Johnston Japan
Kai Endo Japan


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