When going through a divorce with your ex-spouse, perhaps they tried to turn your child against you. As an alienating parent in the scenario of parental alienation, they likely used some questionable tactics in order to do so.
But did you know that the impact of parental alienation can have as much of a lasting impression as the impact of abuse? In fact, your child can suffer from the negative effects well into adulthood.
Alienating parents rely on abusive tactics
The Psychiatric Times takes a look at parental alienation and how it can continue affecting a child well out of childhood. First, it is important to understand parental alienation as a form of abuse. Many courts classify it as such if you take your case to it, and they will act against the alienating parent in the same way they would act against any abuser.
Unfortunately, parental alienation can also have the same long-lasting impact that other forms of abuse can have. After all, abusive tactics like gaslighting and manipulation often see use through the course of an alienating parent’s attempt to “win” your child.
The lasting impact of parental alienation
In adults who experienced parental alienation, more studies over the years have found that they tend to struggle with trust issues, along with making and maintaining relationships. They often report having trouble connecting with peers. Many also suffer from an elevated risk of anxiety, depression and trauma or stressor-related disorders. On top of that, they display a higher rate of problems with addiction and self-destructive behavior.
This varies from person to person, but almost everyone who underwent such a traumatic event in their youth will still carry the scars from it.