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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a serious mental health condition that can have a significant impact on a person's life. People with ASPD often have difficulty forming and maintaining relationships, they are more likely to engage in criminal behavior, and they are at increased risk of substance abuse and other mental health problems. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have ASPD, it is important to seek professional help. There are effective treatments available, and with the right support, people with ASPD can learn to manage their symptoms and live more fulfilling lives.

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At the Trauma Therapy Center, we offer a variety of treatment options for ASPD, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mentalization-based therapy (MBT). Our therapists are experienced in treating ASPD and are committed to helping you or your loved one achieve their recovery goals.

What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)?

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is characterized by a disregard for others and a violation of their rights. ASPD is what is often referred to as a psychopath or sociopath. People with antisocial personality disorder may be deceitful and manipulative. These behaviors have an onset in childhood and continue into adulthood. Individuals with ASPD may perform acts that are grounds for arrest, such as destroying property, harassing others, stealing, or pursuing illegal occupations. People with this diagnosis typically don’t care for the feelings, wishes, rights, or property of others.  

What Causes Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)?

People with a family history of ASPD are at a higher risk of developing the disorder.

Environmental factors may also affect ASPD, such as:

Not everyone with these risk factors will develop ASPD. The disorder is diagnosed in adulthood, but symptoms such as aggression, defiance, and rule-breaking may become prevalent in childhood. 

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At What Age Does Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) Develop?

ASPD begins to develop in childhood with symptoms appearing before age 15. However, a diagnosis of ASPD cannot be made until age 18. People with ASPD have difficulty developing relationships, are more likely to participate in criminal activity, and have an increased risk for substance use disorders and other mental health disorders. 

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)?

Symptoms and signs of ASPD include:

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have ASPD, it is important to talk to a qualified therapist for an appropriate diagnosis. 

How Is ASPD Diagnosed?

ASPD must be diagnosed by a mental health professional. The clinician will ask questions about symptoms, history, behaviors, and social functioning. The clinician may also talk to the family with the permission of the client to gather information. To be diagnosed with ASPD, the client must be at least 18 years old with symptom onset before the age of 15.  

What Is the Best Treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)?

The best treatment for ASPD is a combination of psychotherapy and medication.

Therapeutic interventions that are effective for ASPD include:

In conjunction with therapy, medications can be used to treat aggression, impulsivity, and mood swings associated with ASPD, however, medications alone cannot treat the condition. 

Treatment Options For Antisocial Personality Disorder

Are There Preventive Treatment Options for ASPD?

While there is no specific way to prevent ASPD, some things can be done to help reduce the risk of the condition including:

ASPD is a complex condition and utilizing these techniques does not guarantee prevention of ASPD. 

What Doctors Treat ASPD?

Doctors who treat ASPD include psychologists and psychiatrists. 

If you are interested in learning more about our treatment options for ASPD in West Palm Beach, please contact us today. We would love to discuss your needs and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Page Modified on Mar 3, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.