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 cutoff 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 actually 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. In some cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome but not all the abuse of the Pathogenic Parent is so severe the child will develop severe anxiety or fears of anything that has to do with their normal and healthy parent who has been targeted by the Pathogenic Parent as a way to cope with the severe abuse that is being inflicted upon them.

The major symptom in all cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is the child will cutoff and terminate their relationship with a loving and normal range parent having nothing to do with that parent and their parenting practices.

It is a distinctive and widespread form of psychological child and domestic abuse by a parent who suffers from mental illness towards both the child and the rejected family members and often leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and other family members.

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