Dysfunctional Children

Q & A – What is the Abandonment Depression?

Abandonment depression, also known as separation anxiety or abandonment anxiety, is a psychological condition that can occur when an individual experiences feelings of loss or rejection when a significant relationship ends or is perceived as being threatened. This can be in the form of romantic relationships, friendships, or even with a therapist or caretaker.

People who experience abandonment depression may have difficulty trusting others, forming new relationships, and may experience intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, or shame. They may also have physical symptoms such as difficulty sleeping or eating.

Abandonment depression can be a result of past experiences of loss or neglect, or it may be related to attachment styles developed during childhood. Treatment may involve therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or psychodynamic therapy, to help individuals process their emotions, develop coping mechanisms, and learn how to form healthy relationships.

©Linda Turner 2023

Parental Alienation PA

When Children Abandon Parents

A psychologist quoted in the article, Joshua Coleman, author of “When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along,” who was on the parental end of this issue, offers this advice to parents whose adult children have cut them out of their lives:

“Often, [Coleman] said, parents in these situations give up too soon. He advises them to continue weekly letters, e-mail messages or phone calls even when they are rejected, and to be generous in taking responsibility for their mistakes — even if they did not seem like mistakes at the time.

“After all, he went on, parents and children have very different perspectives. ‘It’s possible for a parent to feel like they were doing something out of love,’ he said, “but it didn’t feel like love to that child.’
Read more at When Children Abandon Parents

What is PAS?

What is Parental Alienation?
• Low Parental Alienation

• Moderate Parental Alienation

• Severe Parental Alienation

Many professionals identify three levels of parental alienation—low, moderate and severe—to describe increasingly more destructive parental alienation behavior. These “levels” are nothing more than identifying marks or labels along a continuum of behaviors. These marks make it easy for people to clarify and compare the behaviors. Both psychologists and lay people need labels to quickly and easily communicate complicated concepts.


The Journey from Abandonment to Healing

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About the Author

Susan Anderson, CSW, is a psychotherapist who has specialized in helping clients deal with heartbreak, loss and abandonment for more than 25 years. She has led workshops on abandonment recovery, conducts seminars and lectures, and has appeared on radio and television speaking on the related issues of addiction, parenting and abandonment.