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Antisocial Personality Disorder – Symptoms and Causes

If you have met someone who constantly ignores right and wrong, tells lies to manipulate others, and lacks sensitivity and respect for those around them, you might have construed them as rude or insensitive. However, these could be signs of Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). It’s important to challenge the stigma and misconceptions surrounding ASPD, as this can hinder understanding and support.

Read further to explore the symptoms and causes of ASPD, as well as strategies for seeking help and managing the condition. By understanding these key aspects, you can play a crucial role in supporting individuals affected by this disorder and guiding them towards the necessary support and treatment they need.

ASPD as a Mental Health Condition

ASPD affects thousands of adults in Australia. Actions may include manipulation, exploitation, and disregard for the law or others’ rights.

Being aware of treatment options can help manage this condition. Psychotherapy is often recommended to help individuals with ASPD develop empathy and improve their relationships. Medications may also be prescribed to manage underlying mental health conditions or symptoms such as aggression or depression.

It’s important to address the impact of ASPD on relationships, as individuals with this disorder often struggle with trust, empathy, and maintaining healthy connections. Coping strategies can include communication skills training, anger management techniques, and mental health support.

The effects of ASPD on an individual’s personal and professional life can be significant, with potential legal consequences, strained relationships, and struggling to maintain employment.

Symptoms of ASPD

ASPD is characterised by a variety of behavioural patterns that usually present itself before the age of 15. Understanding and recognising these symptoms is important to address this mental health condition, as early intervention and treatment can help manage and mitigate its impact on relationships.

  • Physical aggression 
  • Impulsivity
  • Emotional detachment
  • Lack of empathy or remorse for actions
  • Manipulating others for personal gain
  • Destructive to others’ property
  • Stealing

Causes of ASPD

ASPD is influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Childhood trauma, such as abuse or neglect, can greatly impact the development of ASPD. Brain biology also plays a role, with changes in the way the brain functions during development being a possible contributing factor.

Where to Find Support for ASPD

It’s important to explore different avenues of support to find what works best for you. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are resources available to help you navigate living with Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Suits Me is a registered NDIS provider. Through our app, we connect individuals who suffer from mental health conditions to mental health support workers. Our support workers are qualified and carefully selected to help individuals develop coping strategies, gain insight into their behaviours, and work towards positive change. Sign up today.