Personality disorders are mental health disorders that are defined by established and enduring patterns of behaviour and thinking that interfere with your ability to function, maintain healthy relationships and in general, impact your life negatively.
Antisocial personality disorder is related to conduct disorder. However, conduct disorder is diagnosed in children and teenagers, while antisocial personality disorder is diagnosed in adults. The two disorders do have some traits in common, most notably that people with these disorders resist conforming to various societal behavioural norms.
Symptoms & signs of antisocial personality disorder
- Lack of empathy or remorse
- Complete disregard for authority or law
- Extreme impulsiveness
- Aggressive irritability towards others
- Hostile actions and violence towards others
- Disregard for personal safety of the safety of others
- Lying, stealing regularly
When is it time get help?
If you find you possess the above symptoms and you have trouble interacting with people, maintaining relationships, and find yourself in trouble legally, its time to get assessed to see if you have antisocial personality disorder.
Antisocial personality disorder treatment methods
Treatment methods that have been effective in treating antisocial personality disorder include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how people’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs influence their behaviour and how they perceive themselves.
- Rational Emotive Therapy generally views, thoughts, feelings and actions as having a reciprocal cause-and-effect relationship and that one needs to emphasize all 3 of these modalities in their interactions when impacting behavior.
- Gottman Couples Therapy believes that couples need to be able to work on becoming better friends, learn to manage conflict, and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future.
Before any therapeutic treatments are recommended, a full assessment must first be completed by one of Insight Psychological’s licensed therapists. Once you’ve had an assessment, your therapists will discuss with you the best treatment methods for your unique circumstances and personality.
What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?
Antisocial personality disorder is difficult to treat, but it can be done. Learning how to manage symptoms and reduce harm to those in your life and to yourself can make a real difference to both you and those who care about you.
Contact Insight to learn more about an assessment or treatment for this personality disorder.