Arizona parents like you want what is best for your child. Unfortunately, a co-parent may not always factor you into “what is best” for them. Some co-parents try to take matters into their own hands by ruining the relationship between their child and co-parent.

This is parental alienation and it can do a lot of harm. It affects not only you, but also your child, and it can have a profound impact for years to come.

Early manifestations of PAS

Psychology Today examines parental alienation syndrome, which results from parental alienation. PAS affects children from an early age and can persist well into their adult years. If they do not seek help, it can act as a lifetime affliction.

PAS manifests in early age as guilt and confusion. In many children, these feelings are strong and frustrating. The child cannot always pinpoint where they are coming from or why they are happening. Children may have a lower tolerance for stress in life and could react in a more irritated, snappish way.

PAS later in life

In later life, PAS results in trust issues and trouble forging bonds with others. Victims also suffer from anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. They experience this at a higher rate than people who did not experience PAS. This can result in unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as drug or alcohol abuse.

PAS often starts off in a mild form, progressing over time to more severe cases. If you notice the early signs of PAS, you may want to discuss your legal options with your attorney. This can save your child from the aftermath of PAS later in life.