Antisocial Personality Disorder - A Dangerous Illness

Antisocial Personality Disorder, or more commonly known as sociopathy, is a serious mental disorder characterized by a complete lack of consideration for others as well as a disregard for the standards of right and wrong. This utter lack of compassion for their fellow man leads antisocial types to abuse and manipulate those around them in order to get what they want. This personality disorder is more common than one may think - here are some signs and symptoms of this mental illness.

Antisocial personality types are notorious for lying, charming, or intimidating in order to exert their will onto others. They feel they are superior to all other human beings, and feel no remorse or regret when they cause harm to another. This utter lack of caring for others lends itself to criminal behavior; often a person with antisocial personality disorder will demonstrate a pattern of criminal behavior, never seeming to learn their lesson after enduring the punishment handed down by the legal system. A person with antisocial personality disorder rarely establishes healthy relationships in their life, and in fact most are fraught with mental, emotional, and even physical abuse. Unfortunately, the person suffering from antisocial personality disorder has a very warped perception of reality, and sees nothing wrong with their behaviors.

Because of this lack of grounding in reality, people with antisocial personality disorder rarely seek treatment independently. Often this disorder is revealed after the affected individual seeks help for symptoms they do not attribute to their mental illness, such as anger issues or substance abuse. Treating the underlying personality disorder is a nuanced and complicated process all its own, as the patient has usually honed their ability to deceive and obfuscate their reality from others. It can be very helpful to the process if those close to the affected individual provide the therapist with input as to their behaviors and interactions day-to-day, as they are far more likely to provide an accurate picture of events. Through extensive talk therapy, it is possible to mitigate the symptoms of APD and restore a healthier thought process in the patient.

Antisocial Personality Disorder, or sociopathy, is a severe mental illness which can wreak havoc and destruction in the lives of both the affected individual and those around them. Diagnosis and treatment of this disease is difficult and requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. Further complicating matters is the fact that the affected person will rarely seek treatment of their own accord, as they see nothing wrong with their behavior. The development of a substance abuse problem is often what gets them in the door of a therapist’s office, and it is therefore crucial they be in the care of a seasoned and expert clinician. At Evolutions, our clinical team has the requisite expertise and skill set to identify and treat APD alongside the substance abuse disorder. If your loved one exhibits the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder and has developed a substance abuse problem, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and seize on this opportunity to get them the care and treatment they need.

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