Abandonment depression in the context of parental alienation refers to a form of depression that can develop in a child who has been subjected to the manipulation of one parent to turn against the other parent. This can happen when the targeted parent is suddenly cut off from their child due to the influence of the alienating parent, leaving the child with feelings of loss and abandonment.
In cases of parental alienation, the child may have a strong emotional attachment to the targeted parent, but due to the manipulation of the alienating parent, they may be prevented from maintaining a relationship. This can lead to a sense of loss and abandonment in the child, which can trigger depression or other negative emotional states.
The child may also feel conflicted and guilty about the situation, which can exacerbate their feelings of depression. They may struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, believing that they are powerless to change the situation and that their relationship with the targeted parent is irreparably damaged.
Abandonment depression in cases of parental alienation can be a significant challenge for both the child and the targeted parent. Treatment may involve therapy or counseling, which can help the child work through their feelings of loss and abandonment and develop healthy coping strategies. The targeted parent may also benefit from therapy to address their own feelings of loss and helplessness and to develop strategies for reconnecting with their child.