A persistent and psychologically painful pattern of feelings, behaviours, and perceptions between two or more individuals in an important personal relationship, such as a husband and wife, or a parent and one or more of their children.
This condition is a departure from the other mental health conditions, in that it is not defined by individuals, but rather by the pathological junction or interaction between them–i.e., by the relationship itself.
Relational disorder (RD) was proposed as a condition a sui generis to be included in the 5th edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–DSM 5 (2013); it was not
• Marital relational disorder
• Parent–child abuse disorder