Parental Alienation is a form of emotional abuse where one parent manipulates children to reject the other loving parent. Statistics show that 85% of divorce and custody disputes involve this form of child abuse.
The diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is the reference book that therapists and psychologists use to properly diagnose a patient. In order for a new disorder to be added The Task Force is required to go through very time consuming and rigorous process in order for any disorder to be included in the next edition of the DSM.
In terms of disorders getting into the DSM, Parental Alienation is relatively new - the term was only coined in 1985, although the disorder has been tearing families apart for much longer. Asperger's Disorder took 37 years to get into the DSM and Tourette's Disorder took 95 years. We cannot let families suffer with Parental Alienation for that long!! Please join me in urging the DSM-V Task Force to work to include Parental Alienation Disorder in the next version of the book.
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