Serious psychiatric disorders are almost always exhibited in the personalities of parents who manipulate children to become alienated from their other parent.
Almost 50% of all marriages end in divorce. And, most are marked by anger, sadness, disillusionment, and custody battles. Children are always victims. They are hurt, confused, scared, angry, and often they feel guilty.
But, most often, angry as they are at each other, both parents share a love and concern for their children. Although they may fight over custody they typically recognize the need for the children to maintain a good relationship with both parents. And, the children want to have continued good relations because they love both of these people who also love them.
Psychiatric Disorders Change Everything
The overwhelming reality of Parental Alienation is that the alienator parent is plagued by a personality disorder that consumes the alienator as s/he undertakes a campaign to make the targeted parent the object of hate by the same children with whom they had previously enjoyed mutually loving relationship.
The disorder may have previously gone undiagnosed although it may appear obvious once the malicious campaign is recognized. The perpetrator is reluctant to participate in therapy because s/he is achieving the desired goal and, in any case, cannot recognize the existence of any problem.
The American Psychiatric Association periodic publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Most recently published in 2013 it has refused to recognize Parental Alienation as a syndrome but it delineates mental disorders and provides standardized criteria for diagnosis. So, while the DSM-V fails to recognize PAS it does provide definitive information on diagnosing such disorders as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Sociopathy, and Psychopathy all of which can be causal mental conditions in Parental Alienation.
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