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The actual words "parental alienation" are not in DSM

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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  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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The next mental health manual to be revised is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or the IDC-11. Watch for ways to have your say about Parental Alienation in time for inclusion there as well.

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Action Alert:
Parental Alienation Still Under Consideration for DSM-5
July 12th, 2011 by Glenn Sacks, MA, Executive Director. Fathers and Families

Short version: The DSM-5 Task Force has extended until July 15 the time for comments from the public. We urge you to comment by clicking here. We suggest you refer to “Parental Alienation Relational Problem” (PARP) or “Parental Alienation” and that you keep your comments brief and to the point

Full version: A coalition of mental health experts led by psychiatrist William Bernet has been at the forefront of an effort to add Parental Alienation Disorder to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), the American Psychiatric Association’s “bible” of diagnoses.

Fathers and Families wants to ensure that the DSM-5 Task Force is aware of the scope and severity of Parental Alienation. To this end, in 2009 and 2010 we asked our supporters to write the Task Force to urge them to consider including Parental Alienation Disorder in DSM-5. The response was enthusiastic–Dr. Darrel Regier, Vice Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, told the Associated Press, “We’ve gotten an enormous amount of mail–more than [on] any other issue.”

Recently there have been rumors that the DSM-5 Task Force has already decided not to include Parental Alienation Disorder in DSM 5. Dr. Bernet recently checked these statements with members of the DSM-5 leadership, and found that they are not accurate.

According to Dr. Bernet, the DSM-5 Task Force is still considering the option of adding “parental alienation relational problem” (PARP), and perhaps other possibilities.

The DSM-5 Task Force has extended until July 15 the time for comments from the public. We urge you to comment by clicking here. We suggest you refer to “Parental Alienation Relational Problem” (PARP) or “Parental Alienation,” and that you keep your comments brief and to the point.

Source / Fuente: http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/?p=17308
APPENDIX. The deniers are not wasting time!
INSTRUCTIONS: After clicking to enter the DSM 5 page, you'll see that there continues to appear on "Parental Alienation Disorder." You must register on that page for comment. After registering you will be sent to another page. I have not seen there anything about "Parental Alienation" or "Parental Alienation Relational Problem" (PARP), alluded to in the "Action Alert" I posted. On page where you are from the DSM 5, put the cursor on "Proposed revisions" (above) and click on "Proposed Conditions by Outside Sources". Now you are on the page first, but with the ability to post your comment.

Alerta de Acción: La Alienación Parental aún está en estudio para el DSM-5, sus comentarios son necesarios

12 de julio 2011 por Glenn Sacks, MA, Director Ejecutivo de Fathers and Families

Versión corta: El Grupo de Trabajo del DSM-5 ha extendido hasta el 15 de julio el plazo para comentarios del público. Le instamos a que haga un comentario haciendo clic aquí. Le sugerimos que consulte la sección “Parental Alienation Relational Problem” (PARP) or “Parental Alienation” y que haga sus comentarios breves y al grano.

Versión completa: Una coalición de expertos en salud mental dirigida por el psiquiatra William Bernet ha estado a la vanguardia de un esfuerzo para añadir Trastorno de Alienación Parental ("Parental Alienation Disorder") a la quinta edición del Manual Diagnóstico y Estadístico de los Trastornos Mentales (DSM 5), la "biblia" de diagnósticos de la Asociación Americana de Psiquiatría.

[La organización] Padres y Familias quiere asegurarse de que el Grupo de Trabajo del DSM-5 es consciente del alcance y la gravedad de Alienación Parental. Con este fin, en 2009 y 2010 le pedimos que nos apoyara para escribir el Grupo de Trabajo para instarlos a considerar la inclusión de Trastorno de Alienación Parental ("Parental Alienation Disorder") en el DSM-5. La respuesta fue entusiasta: el Dr. Darrel Regier, vicepresidente del Grupo de Trabajo del DSM-5, dijo a la Associated Press: "Hemos recibido una enorme cantidad de correo, más que para cualquier otro tema."

Recientemente ha habido rumores de que el Grupo de Trabajo del DSM-5 ha decidido no incluir Trastorno de Alienación Parental ("Parental Alienation Disorder") en el DSM 5. El Dr. Bernet recientemente ha contrastado estas afirmaciones con la dirección de los miembros del DSM-5, y encontró que no son exactas.

Según el Dr. Bernet, el Grupo de Trabajo del DSM-5 aún está considerando la opción de añadir Problema Relacional de Alienación Parental (“Parental Alienation Relational Problem”) (PARP), y tal vez otras posibilidades.

El Grupo de Trabajo del DSM-5 ha extendido hasta el 15 de julio el plazo para comentarios del público. Le instamos a que haga un comentario haciendo clic aquí. Le sugerimos que consulte la sección “Parental Alienation Relational Problem” (PARP) or “Parental Alienation”, y que haga sus comentarios breves y al grano.

ANEXO. Las negacionistas no están perdiendo el tiempo!

INSTRUCCIONES: Después de hacer click para entrar en la página del DSM 5, verás que allí continúa apareciendo el "Parental Alienation Disorder". Debes registrarte en esa página para hacer comentarios. Tras registrarte serás remitido a otra página. No he visto en ella nada relativo a la "Parental Alienation" ni al "Parental Alienation Relational Problem" (PARP) al que se alude en la "Alerta de Acción" que he posteado. En la página del DSM 5 donde estás, pon el cursor sobre "Proposed revisions" (arriba), y pincha en "Conditions Proposed by Outside Sources". Ahora estarás en la página del principio pero con la posibilidad de enviar tu comentario.

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I really don’t feel like there’s must commentary needed for this one. After a week of bickering and crazy happening all over the place, we need to all listen to this and remember what we have to remember through all of this.
This video, to me personally, is what I feel like life is really about. It’s a love affair with humanity, and an effort to make a better world for everyone tomorrow. My favorite quotes (can I just pick the whole video as my favorite quote?) are:
We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. And this world has room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood and the unity of us all.
For those who can hear me I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed. The bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress, the hate of men will pass, and dictators die. And the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Yes, it is idealistic, but it’s still important. It’s not about who’s right the most. It’s about how we help, learn, and love each other.
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Nuestra lucha se centra el derecho de los niños a un vínculo sano con sus dos padres y toda su familia luego de un divorcio o separación.

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