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Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatments

(Also Known As: Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments, Personality Disorder Treatments, Bipolar Treatments, Antisocial Treatments, Psychopathy Treatments, Sociopath Treatments, Sociopathic Personality Disorder Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatments are Available?

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illnesses that is very difficult to treat. Usually, a person who has this disorder does not seek medical attention on their own unless friends and family insist on it, or there is an order from the court requiring them to start treatment.

There are many treatments offered for a person who has antisocial personality disorder. The severity of their symptoms can help determine which of the treatments is best for them.

Psychotherapy

One of the best ways to treat antisocial personality disorder is through psychotherapy, where the patient will talk about his or her condition and concerns to a mental health provider. Feelings and emotions are very important factors when doing this treatment. The health provider must build a solid rapport with the patient and gain his/her complete trust so that he/she is able to fully open up about his/her insights, moods, feelings, and behavior. The patient can then learn the information and techniques from the psychotherapy that will help him/her live better.

There are different types of psychotherapy such as:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, which combines cognitive and behavior therapy techniques to fully find out the inner negative behaviors and thoughts of the patient and change it to positive ones
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy, which helps patient to become aware of his/her wrong thoughts and behaviors, increases motivation, and resolves the conflicts
  • Psychoeducation, which brings together the patient and his/her family and friends to increase understanding and knowledge about the illness—that this is a mental disorder—and to help them know the cause of it.

Medications

There is no research that recommends any medication in effectively treating antisocial personality disorder, nor any approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment. However, there are some kinds of medications that might help in the treatment of this disorder. One of these are the antidepressant medications that can be used by those who have depressed mood, anger, impulsivity, irritability or hopelessness; mood-stabilizing medications to calm down irritability and aggressiveness; anti-anxiety medications to lessen anxiety or insomnia; and antipsychotic medications which is also called neuroleptics that help if you have symptoms like psychosis, anxiety or irritability.

Hospitalization

Hospitalization is very rare and is mostly inappropriate for this disorder; however, there are some cases which are severe enough that a patient needs a psychiatric hospitalization. This type of treatment is only suggested if the patient is unable to take care of him or herself or becomes a threat for someone else.

Working very well with your therapist or doctor will help better understand which treatment options are best for your situation. Choosing the right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms, personal choice, insurance coverage, financial status, side effects, and many more factors. However, if your symptoms are so severe, a family member or loved ones will be the one to guide you in decision making for these presented treatments.

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