Anti-social Personality Disorder
Anti-Social Personality Disorder is a term which appears to have in recent times come to replace the old fashioned diagnosis of Psychopath. One reason for this is that to be called a psychopath had so many different connotations, most extremely negative, that it was label that had become impossible to work with for professionals and clients.
However, it's important to understand that the older term was also linked more with understanding what psychopaths felt on the inside – which explained their troubling behaviour. The theories included the idea that psychopaths had basically never properly grown up and so had all the impulsivity, self-centredness and aggression of a child, trapped inside an adult's body. Other speculations were that psychopaths basically had no empathy, and this explained why they didn't mind hurting others or felt no remorse following damage they had caused to others.
The more modern conceptualization of Anti-Social Personality Disorder focuses not on the inside but the outside – what the person does that is problematic.
How Can I find help for Anti-Social Personality Disorder?
By calling our counselling team on 0203 326 9160 we will recommend one of our clinical team who specialise in Personality Disorders.
Treatment will start with an initial assessment, in which you will chat with one of our Clinicians. If you decide that you are comfortable with them and that you can speak with them easily, you will start to work with them on your plan for moving forward with treatment.
Calls to us are completely confidential.
Treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder
A combination of treatments would be considered once a formal diagnosis is made including: therapy, medication and anger management skills.
Often it's difficult to convince a person with antisocial personality disorder that they have a problem and it is even more difficult to convince them to seek care. In this situation, the partner, family or friends need to make their own well-being the priority. By contacting Clinical Partners who have experience helping families affected by antisocial personality disorder we can help teach you to cope — and stay safe.
Signs and Symptoms of Anti-Social Personality Disorder
To make the diagnosis some of the following must be present:
- a failure to conform to social norms
- deceitfulness / repeated lying
- use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
- impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
- irritability and aggressiveness often leading to fights/assaults
- reckless disregard for safety of self or others
- consistent irresponsibility
- failure of consistent employment or financial security and lack of remorse
- child abuse or neglect
- poor or abusive relationships
Because psychopaths are associated in the public imagination with dangerous villains from Hollywood films, the more low key psychopathy, which can be found in any suburban neighbourhood is often missed. This is characterized by a parasitic lifestyle, where living off or exploiting others, rather than taking responsibility for independence, is a key. Also a lack of realistic long term goals, irresponsibility and impulsivity are prominent features.
How can we help?
Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Anti-Social Personality Disorder and they will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your family.
We also can support you if you feel that you are suffering from related depression or other issues which can be connected including: depression or other issues connected with alcohol or substance abuse.
By calling our Clinical Team on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.