Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports Parental Alienation Not Included in New DSM

Michigan mental health providers announced that parental alienation will not be listed as a mental health condition in the upcoming release of the new DSM.

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The APA, in spite of intense pressure to include the term as a condition in the new DSM reported that the term isn’t a disorder, but rather a relationship issue affecting both parent-child and parent-parent relationships.

Troy, MI (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

Michigan mental health providers at the Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that the American Psychiatric Association has decided against including parental alienation as a mental health condition in the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. According to the clinic, several supporters submitted proposals for adding parental alienation to the guide as a mental health condition suffered by children. The APA, in spite of intense pressure to include the term as a condition in the new DSM reported that the term isn’t a disorder, but rather a relationship issue affecting both parent-child and parent-parent relationships. The DSM-5, the first update to the manual since 1994, will be published in May 2013.

As reported by the Michigan mental health providers at Birmingham Mental Clinic, parental alienation has recently made headlines in several highly publicized celebrity divorce cases, including the ongoing custody cases involving actress Kelly Rutherford and actress Halle Barry. The term is used to describe the poisoning of a child’s relationship with one parent by another, which can cause serious damage to the relationship between parent and child.
The Birmingham Maple clinic provides a wide range of mental health treatment options for individuals and families, including marriage, family and relationship counseling. The professional, caring approach to therapy can help divorced families improve their communication and problem solving skills, while also learning how to preserve the important relationships between parents and their children. The mental health providers offer a wide range of mental health services at the clinic’s state of the art facility in Troy.

Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for over 40 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com.


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