Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a breakthrough new understanding of Parental Alienation based on long-established behavioral health science principles & constructs and the research and work of some of the greatest minds in Behavioral Health Science.

The many pieces of the complex and disturbing puzzle commonly known as Parental Alienation have been understood by Behavioral Health Scientists and Clinicians for many years now. It only required putting these pieces together to solve the puzzle and help our society start the road to ending this family tragedy known as Parental Alienation. The key to a solution to end parental alienation is the discovery that parental alienation is not a high conflict custody dispute but cases of severe but non-bizarre delusional psychopathology. In real cases of parental alienation, the alienating parent suffers from a delusional pathology called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder, which is caused by some form of trauma or trigger. The trigger can be the pain experienced during divorce, a breakup with a boyfriend or some other experience, which is an extreme setup back for the alienating parent, and which reactivates trauma from their past. Since the alienating parent has a mental illness, it causes them to subject the children to abuse, and the children themselves develop reactive mental illness as well. The aberrant & distorted behavior and parenting of a parent who suffers from Pathogenic Parenting Disorder will induce mental illness in the child, which is called Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome. Children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome exhibit severe clinical indicators of psychopathology, such as developmental, attachment, psychiatric, and personality disorder symptoms. In summary, they present acute and blatant signs of child abuse. All children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome will terminate and cut-off of their relationship with a healthy and normal parent, and many times, other family members.

What Is Pathogenic Parenting?

To understand Pathogenic Parenting Disorder and Syndrome the new psychopathology that explains Parental Alienation we first must understand the meaning of Pathogenic Parenting. Parental Alienation has no clinical definition in Behavioral Health Science. It is just the term that has been used by everyone to describe the pathology without an understanding that there are significant issues of mental illness involved. And there are clear behavioral science principles & constructs that exist to explain what is happening. The correct behavioral health science construct that accurately represents the pathology of parental alienation is something called Pathogenic Parenting. The word “Patho” means Pathological, and the word “Genesis” means Creation. So Pathogenic Parenting describes parenting that is so abnormal or pathological. That by way of their aberrant and distorted behaviors and parenting practices, the Pathogenic Parent creates mental illness in a child. That causes the child to terminate or cut off their relationship with the other parent and also other family members.

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What Is Pathogenic Parenting Disorder?

The aberrant & distorted behaviors and parenting practices of a Pathogenic Parent are the symptoms of psychopathology called Pathogenic Parenting Disorder. Pathogenic Parenting Disorder is a form of Delusional Disorder, and the delusions that this parent is experiencing are of the Persecutory subtype. People with persecutory delusions believe that they (or someone close to them) are being mistreated, or that someone is planning to harm them. It is not uncommon for people with this type of delusional disorder to make repeated complaints to legal authorities. The Pathogenic Parent will usually have a history of some form of personality disorder that has gone undiagnosed. This parent then experiences trauma or an event in their life that is the trigger of the pathology, which causes them to develop Pathogenic Parenting Disorder. The general definition of a delusion is an unshakable belief in something untrue or not based on reality or a fixed false belief. In the case of Pathogenic Parenting Disorder, a parent is experiencing what is known as Non-Bizarre Persecutory Delusions, which involve situations that could occur in real life. These delusions involve the other parent and that they are malevolently treating the child in some way. These delusions usually involve these parent’s misinterpretation of perceptions or experiences based on mental health issues from these parents past and are not based on reality. When a parent develops pathogenic parenting disorder, they form a fixed false belief, or in other words, a delusion that the other parent is now a danger to the Child. This delusion causes this parent to unconsciously believe that the Childs relationship with the other parent must be terminated. A parent who suffers from Pathogenic Parenting Disorder will believe these things with near certainty, and usually, no amount of therapy will change their mind. Many times up until this personality disordered parent experiences some form of recent trauma in their life, there will be no noticeable signs of mental illness or psychopathology in this parent. The trauma or event that triggers the pathology can be the pain experienced during divorce, a breakup with a boyfriend or some other experience, which is an extreme setup back for the alienating parent, and which reactivates trauma from their past. This Trauma can trigger the development of Pathogenic Parenting Disorder in the already personality disordered parent. Children who have a parent who develops Pathogenic Parenting Delusional Disorder will develop induced mental illness themselves in the form of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome.

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What Is Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome?

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a delusional pathology that children develop. When one of their parents becomes Pathogenic and suffers from the mental illness called Pathogenic Parenting Delusional Disorder. The word “Patho” means Pathological, and the word “Genesis” means Creation. So Pathogenic Parenting describes parenting that is so abnormal or pathological, that by way of their aberrant and distorted behaviors and parenting practices, the Pathogenic Parent actually creates mental illness in a child that actually cause the child to terminate or cut off their relationship with the other parent and also other family members. Children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome develop a psychological alliance with a Pathogenic Parent against their other parent as a psychological survival strategy to deal with the severe psychological abuse that is being inflicted upon them by the Pathogenic Parent. In some ways, it is similar to Stockholm Syndrome, where the child appears to have a hyper bonded relationship with the psychologically abusive parent. As a result of pathogenic parenting, the child will develop some form of delusional false belief regarding the other parent, which causes the child to cut-off or terminate their relationship with that parent. The abuse of the children can be so severe that the child will develop severe anxiety or fears of the targeted, normal, and healthy parent. These fears and anxiety have nothing to do with this parent’s behavior and parenting but are the child’s way of coping with the severe abuse that is occurring. The primary symptom in all cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is when the child will cutoff and terminate their relationship with the targeted parent. This parent, in most cases, is a loving and normal range, and this has nothing to do with that parent and their parenting practices. Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a distinctive and widespread form of psychological child and domestic abuse inflicted upon the child and the rejected family members. It often leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of the child from the targeted parent and other family members.

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