Antisocial Personality Disorder
Alternate Names : Psychopathic Personality Disorder, Sociopathic Personality Disorder
What are the treatments for the condition?
Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for this disorder. Medicines may
also help reduce specific symptoms such as mood swings and anger. But medicines
are used only to help with psychotherapy.
People who have APD rarely seek treatment. Instead, family members or
employers often pressure them into treatment. Treatment may even be ordered by the
court. Because the person who has APD does not understand his or her problem,
effective treatment is very hard. But behavioral approaches can help the person make a
connection between feelings and actions. Many who have this disorder have not made
emotional connection in a relationship. So, it is critical that they form a therapeutic
relationship with the healthcare provider.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Medicine side effects depend on the drug prescribed. Drugs that cause
psychological and physical addiction should be used with care.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Many people with APD can improve with proper care. Often, medicine is
given for a long time. With therapy, people with APD may better recognize the effects of
their behaviors on others. And it may help them live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
How is the condition monitored?
The person should keep track of symptoms and report any that are new or worsening to
the healthcare provider. He or she may need to adjust the medicine so that it works better or so
there are fewer side effects.