Antisocial Personality Disorder
By Kelli Bray
What is it?
Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is characterized by amorality and lack of affect: capable of violent acts without guilt feelings. It is also known as sociopathic personality, or sociopathy. Many of times these people go against the law numerous times and do not show remorse if hurting someone.
How prevalent is the disorder?
What is the etiology of this disorder?
What are the symptoms?
- Able to act charming and manipulate others emotion's
- Break the law repeatedly while disregarding the safety of themselves and others
- Lie and steal very often and show no guilt or remorse after doing so
- Very angry personality
- Hard time of holding a relationship, fulfilling parental needs for their children, even holding a job
What treatments exist?
- being at least 18 years old
- having comminted crimes before age 15,= including stealing, vandalism, violence, and bullying
- repeatedlty conning or lying
- being irratible or aggressive
- feeling no remorse
- acting impulsively
- having no regard for the safety of others
- being irresponsible
Antisocial personality disorder is very difficult to treat. People with this disorder need long term treatments. People with antisocial personality disorder may also need treatment for other conditions, such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse. Psychotherapy is sometimes used to treat antisocial personality disorder. It is not always effective, especially if symptoms are severe and the person can’t admit that they contribute to the problem. No medications are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the disorder. Yet several types of psychiatric medications may help with certain conditions sometimes associated with the disorder or with aggression symptoms.