Antisocial Personality Disorder

It is also known as sociopathy where the person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with this disorder tend to manipulate, treat others rudely with an indifferent attitude.

Cause oF Antisocial Personality Disorder:

The exact cause is unknown but both genetic and environmental factors are responsible for this.

Causes include:

  • Head trauma
  • Family environment
  • Cultural influence
  • Genes – like MAO-A
  • Alcoholic parents
  • Cruelty to animals during childhood
  • Criminals
  • Fraud, stealing
  • Intrinsic distorted mindset

Risk Factors oF Antisocial Personality Disorder:

  • Poverty
  • Family history
  • Alcohol

Symptoms oF Antisocial Personality Disorder:

  • Unemotional towards others feelings
  • Aggression
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Callous
  • Deception
  • Irritable
  • Sadistic
  • Revenge desires
  • Reckless
  • Lack of guilt
  • Blame others for problems in their lives
  • Repeatedly break the law
  • Substance misuse

Diagnosis oF Antisocial Personality Disorder:

  • A complete examination by the psychiatrist based on symptoms and evaluating and assessing sociopathic tendencies, behavior pattern and past medical and family history.
Treatment oF Antisocial Personality Disorder:
  • PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH TALK THERAPY: will be effective in group setting and by developing a sense of conscience in these patients which can be a difficult thing and the psychiatrist should focus on the material and good aspect of social behavior and discuss where the exact problem is like any trauma happened in the past in the family, understanding the thought process of the patient and then working on where exactly the root cause lies.
  • MEDICATIONS: include antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers for controlling aggression and impulsive nature.
  • SCHEMA THERAPY: is also found to be quite effective in patients with antisocial personality disorder.

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