How to Deal with Antisocial Personality Disorders

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental disorder that features a pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others. It usually begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood. Dealing with individuals with antisocial personality disorders can be difficult, but it is important for their friends and families to understand their situation and to learn to communicate in a clear, non-punitive manner. It will also help to set definitive boundaries for social interactions.

Fast Facts:

  • According to World Health Organization, psychopathy, sociopathy, antisocial personality, asocial personality, and amoral personality are all synonyms of dissocial personality disorder.
  • Psychotherapy is nearly always the treatment of choice for this disorder.
  • Therapy should focus on the improvement in their social or family relationships, learning new coping skills, and other personal goals.