Nov 9th 2022
People with antisocial personality disorder consistently show a lack of care toward others. This behavior can include violent or aggressive behavior towards people with no regret or guilt felt for their actions.  Medical professionals can treat ASPD medication and therapeutic methods.
Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes previously referred to as psychopathy or sociopathy, is a mental disorder where a person has very little to no concept of right or wrong.  They will tend to:
People with ASPD will show some of these significant symptoms:
They are likely to develop drug and alcohol use disorders because of their impulsive nature and difficulty understanding the consequences of their actions. This puts them at risk of related issues such as overdoses, diseases transmitted through needles, and heart and liver disease. 
People with ASPD tend to experience more convictions and spend more time in jail than people who do not have ASPD because of their lack of understanding of the consequences of their actions and little regard for the well-being of others. For these reasons, assault and violent crimes tend to be the most common. 
Many with ASPD tend to have trouble understanding and expressing their feelings as well as the emotions of others. They will show a lack of empathy and may have tried to manipulate other people’s emotions for their gain. In addition, they will have little respect for social norms or rules.
This negatively affects their own lives and those around them. They tend not to consider the safety of themselves or others and will do risky things frequently.
To be diagnosed with ASPD, you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional. They will run what is known as a ‘differential diagnosis’ where they will assess whether your symptoms are ASPD or a result of different mental disorders such as PTSD or generalized anxiety.
To be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, you must be at least 18 and have shown at least 3 of the following symptoms before the age of 15: 
There are no known definite causes for someone to develop an antisocial personality disorder. However, risks for developing ASPD often involve biological and environmental factors that begin in early childhood.
Treating ASPD is complicated and depends on how willing the person is to get help and how severe their case is. It is essential to support someone you think may have ASPD, support as it is less likely they will seek out the treatment themselves.
Psychotherapy may help address some symptoms, such as substance abuse. It can help patients to recognize what emotions they are feeling as well as the emotions of others and when and how to act upon them.
As of yet, no medication has been approved by the FDA specifically for treating ASPD. However, some doctors will prescribe medication such as antidepressants or antipsychotics to help regulate mood and deal with some symptoms you may be experiencing. 
Prevention of ASPD is complicated because the causes are often out of your control. For example, genetic and many environmental factors cannot be changed. Hence, it is essential that if you suspect a young person of having ASPD, you keep track of any observations of symptoms you make to aid future diagnosis.
Therapy in childhood can also prevent antisocial personality disorder from developing in early adulthood by building mechanisms to help them deal with symptoms.
Due to the nature of the psychiatric disorder, someone with it is unlikely to look for help on their own. Usually, treatment is offered once they get into legal trouble. People with a strong social and family support network tend to have the best outlook on the disorder as they do not need to wait until the intervention is forced. 
If you have a loved one or know someone with the disorder, you must speak to a health professional for your well-being and theirs. As people with ASPD lack understanding of the consequences of their actions, they sometimes end up hurting their friends and family.
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