Does Parental Alienation Cause PTSD?

Parental Alienation is a form of psychological abuse that causes severe reactions to the targeted parent and the child(ren).  These reactions range from mild to extreme.  Below is a small list of the just some of the signs and symptoms I have seen.

  • Uncontrollable rage and anger
  • Constant Fear
  • Constant anguish
  • Paranoia
  • Avoidance of the aggressor
  • Avoidance of the children
  • Substance abuse of all kinds
  • Inability to think rationally
  • Inability to control their emotions
  • Distancing themselves from everyone around them
  • Putting up walls to protect themselves
  • Flunking school or life
  • Obsessive Compulsive Issues
  • Deviant behavior in the children
  • Hyper vigilance/Burying themselves in school or work
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Over-exaggerated responses to stimuli

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD involves extreme responses to traumatic events that a person has either witnessed or been part of.  A person with PTSD can have acute, chronic or delayed onset of the following signs and symptoms.

  • paranoia
  • scared
  • panic attacks
  • uncontrollable crying
  • inability to think clearly, 
  • anger
  • fear
  • hatred
  • rage
  • uncontrollable fight and flight responses
  • reoccurring thoughts or dreams of the event
  • extreme depression
  • exaggerated emotional responses
  • irritability
  • substance abuse
  • insomnia, excessive sleep
  • nightmares
  • heightened attention and reactions
  • inability to concentrate, or finish a task

When you look at these two lists, it is easy to see why PAS is PTSD.  And why we must classify PAS as a form of psychological abuse.–does-parental-alienation-cause-posttraumatic-streee61379ec3

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