Sibling Relational Problem
Brothers and sisters, from the same genetic “recipe” provided by their common parents, turn out different. Different in personality, temperament, reactions, motivations, emotional make up, and more. That conflict should occur (and some competition thrown in for good measure) over differences of opinion is normal and usually resolves itself in adulthood. For the time when it doesn’t, some help may be needed to identify the barriers to communication, problem solving and conflict resolution that may stand in the way of siblings’ harmony. If a coach is needed to help all parties involved, Dr. Z stands ready to act as mediator, counselor, and safe listening partner.
This category [focuses on] a pattern of interaction among siblings that is associated with significant impairment in individual or family functioning or with development of symptoms in one or more of the siblings, or when a sibling relational problem is affecting the course, prognosis, or treatment of a sibling’s mental or other medical disorder. This category can be used for either children or adults if the focus is on the sibling relationship. Siblings in this context include full, half-, step-, foster, and adopted siblings.–American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text rev.). Washington, DC.