According to the literature, Parental Alienation, like narcissism is well recog-
nized within the mental health field and among many experienced profes-
sionals, Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is accepted as well. The DSM-IV

does not currently include PAS because the term was introduced as the DSM-
IV was being written for publication. It takes years of data before it can be

introduced, considered and accepted. A syndrome is a pattern or cluster of

symptoms indicative of some disease.

At this point, DSM-V is scheduled for publication around 2011 and it

appears promising that it will acknowledge PAS because of the extensive

professional literature and clinical findings now available. DSM requirements

420 D. M. Summers & C. C. Summers

are quite stringent, and justifiably so. In his article, “Denial of the Parental

Alienation Syndrome, Also Harms Women,” Richard Gardner explains why

PAS has not made the pages of the DSM-IV at this time.

Gille de la Tourette first described his syndrome in 1885. It was not until

1980, 95 years later, that the disorder found its way into the DSM. It is im-
portant to note that at that point, ‘Tourette’s Syndrome’ became ‘Tourette’s

Disorder.’ Asperger first described his syndrome in 1957. It was not until

1994 (37 years later) that it was accepted into DSM-IV and ‘Asperger’s Syn-
drome’ became ‘Asperger’s Disorder.’ . . . DSM-IV states specifically that all

disorders contained in the volume are syndromes, and they would not be

there if they were not syndromes . . . Once accepted, the name syndrome

becomes changed to disorder. However; this is not automatically the pat-
tern for non-psychiatric disorders . . . Often the term syndrome becomes

locked into the name and becomes so well known that changing the

word syndrome to disorder may seem awkward. For example, Down’s

syndrome, although well recognized, has never become Down’s disorder.

Similarly, AIDS (Autoimmune Deficiency Syndrome) is a well-recognized

disease, but still retains the syndrome term. (Gardner, 2002a, pp. 191–202)

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