Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatment in Paramus, NJ
Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), sometimes referred to as sociopathy, is characterized by a lack of regard and/or violation of the welfare and rights of others. Evidence of the disorder typically begins to appear in childhood or early adolescence. Antisocial personality disorder may manifest with accompanying mental conditions like depression and anxiety. It is often linked with behavioral disorders like addiction, criminality, and spousal or child abuse. It can, however, exist with no underlying or accompanying mental or physical disorders. Physical health and mental abilities can appear completely normal - except for the absence of concern for other people's welfare.
The disorder is one that comes with high costs to both the individual and the larger society. To schedule a consultation with a qualified psychiatric professional in Paramus that specializes in personality disorder treatment, call (201) 806-6099 or contact Dr. M.T. Shahab online.
Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder
Individuals who may need treatment for antisocial personality disorder - commonly referred to as sociopaths - are often characterized by many of the following behaviors and attitudes:
- Compulsive lying
- Unstable interpersonal relationships (including sexual promiscuity)
- Outward wittiness, charm and flattery with the ability to manipulate people’s emotions
- Failure to learn from experience
- Unstable affect or emotion
- Risking the wellbeing or safety of others without concern for their welfare
- Criminal behavior, or Ignoring or violating social norms and laws
- Displaying a consistent lack of remorse
Antisocial Personality Disorder Diagnosis
Utilizing a psychological evaluation, a diagnosis of ASPD is only assigned to adults over the age of 18, even though the behavior almost always emerges in childhood or adolescence. This is due to concern that children could be labelled with a personality disorder before their personality has even completely developed.
Three of the following seven criteria are required for a diagnosis:
- A failure to conform to social norms
- Indifference to the welfare of others
- A failure to plan ahead
- Irritability and aggressiveness
Antisocial personality disorder is most often brought to the attention of a healthcare or mental health provider by a friend or family member, or alternatively, a victim (who may also be a friend or family member). Intervention by law enforcement or incarceration oftentimes brings attention to the disorder, since disregard for social conventions, norms and laws is an integral aspect of the disorder.
Antisocial personality disorder-sufferers are sometimes secretive about their behavior and will not self-report. They also sometimes do not see the behavior as a problem and have no desire to address it.
Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatment
Group and individual therapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment and medications are all avenues for ASPD treatment. Treatment for antisocial personality disorder can occur on an outpatient basis or in a residential setting. Oftentimes, people who should seek antisocial personality disorder treatment will not participate in treatment options unless forced to do so.
A complete discussion of antisocial personality disorder diagnosis and treatment options can be provided to you by your healthcare or mental health provider. Ideally, there should be a close collaboration between medical and psychological practitioners - as well as law enforcement and judicial parties, if relevant. Oftentimes, people who suffer from antisocial personality disorder are relegated to correctional facilities where they receive no treatment for their condition and the condition only worsens.
Schedule a consultation with a qualified psychiatric professional in Paramus that specializes in ASPD treatment! Call (201) 806-6099 or contact Dr. M.T. Shahab online.
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