The new (DSM 5) finally addresses Parental Alienation

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.

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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…

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