(Did I draw you in with all of the acronyms?) PAS= Parental Alienation Syndrome APA= American Psychiatric Association DSM= Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101002...3luX2hlYWRsaW5lX2xpc3QEc2xrA3BzeWNoaWF0cmljZQ-- NEW YORK The American Psychiatric Association has a hot potato on its hands as it updates its catalog of mental disorders whether to include parental alienation, a disputed term conveying how a child's relationship with one estranged parent can be poisoned by the other. (Keep in mind, this is the same group that did not remove homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder until 1986.) But I digress. The argument is whether or not this is an actual mental health syndrome. The debate is passionate and heated-on one side are those who believe that this is utilized primarily in divorce/custody cases where one parent is trying to deflect from abusive behaviors. The other side believes that classifying it would in fact give children a chance to be treated and to reconcile with the estranged parent. The DSM is due for republication in 2013. The intial reaction of the vice chair who is reworking it is that there is not enough supporting research indicating that PAS is a mental disorder. There are people who disagree. I think that this debate is very similar to munchausen's by proxy, and autism caused by vaccines to give you two examples. People believe they know it can be proved/disproved depending on which side they are on. So, FWIW, here is what I believe-I think that charecterizing it as a mental disorder will just be yet another way to engage children in a tug of war between their parents. It is sickening. Diagnose the parents who whisper evil things to their children, not the children who are caught in the middle. Find a better way to protect children than this kind of BS. To be honest. By and large, I have only ever seen this charge made by one abusive spouse as a means of forcing access to children when it may not be in the best interest of the child. So my view may be slightly colored. But enough is enough-divorce is hard enough on children without them being forced into therapy and medication in an attempt to level the playing field/create torture between parents at least one of whom is desperate to leave the relationship. JMVHO.