Antisocial Personality Disorder: What It Is And What Can Be Done?

When you think of someone who doesn't like to go out to crowded places, typically the word antisocial comes to mind. You may have said this about some of your friends who wouldn't go out to the party or even had it said about you. What does antisocial really mean and how can you know if someone you know or love is suffering from this disorder? Here are a few signs and symptoms to understand antisocial personality disorder and also what can be done to help.

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?
When some is dealing with this personality disorder, there's a long history of them showing no regards or empathy for other people's feelings or situations. They show no care for the rights of other people and typically cross the border between respecting those rights and totally violating them. They also do not see any issue with breaking laws or bending them if it means it's good for their own personal gain. 

What are the symptoms of APD?
Symptoms include a variety of signs such as constant lying and deceitfulness, they never plan ahead and are very impulsive, and have a total disregard for other people's safety. They can be quite aggressive or irritable and show a total lack of remorse for situations. 

Treatment Options
The most common and successful treatment is to go through psychotherapy with a professional who is trained in the APD aspects of mental illness. Some medications may be prescribed as well as part of the treatment options. If you or someone you love is suffering from APD, it's important that you get help to handle the situation. The problems with APD can become quite dangerous or detrimental to those in the situation and around it. 

Grohol, J."Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms". PscyhCentral.(Website).(February 10, 2016).
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