Antisocial Personality Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010 02:21 PM

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Antisocial personality disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a violent disregard of other people’s rights. A patient with this disorder is commonly labeled as a sociopath. Although antisocial personality disorder causes are not well known, this pattern of behavior usually starts in childhood or adolescence and continues well into adulthood. 

There is no definite treatment for this disorder, though there are a number of new ways to control it. Antisocial personality disorder research shows that new treatment methods generally focus on increasing the patient’s interpersonal relationships as well as coping skills through various forms of psychotherapy.
 
Here are a few new antisocial personality disorder breakthroughs:
  1. Psychotherapy: Most people suffering from personality disorders such as antisocial personality disorder, do not seek therapy from a qualified psychologist because of their extreme mistrust of people and their general antisocial temperament. Most patients usually approach doctors only when ordered by court or forced to do so by well-wishers. Further, psychiatrists testing such patients to diagnose their disease may mistake antisocial personality disorder for other personality disorders. Therapy is usually focused on the patient's life goals and other alternative issues like life improvement. People suffering from antisocial personality disorder tend to be less motivated toward therapy sessions. This new method for the treatment of antisocial personality disorder has worked wonders for many patients.
  2. Medications: Since there is no proven treatment for antisocial personality disorder, many research studies have concluded that medications can be highly effective in the treatment of associated symptoms such as mood destabilization as well as other disorganized forms of behavior. Patients suffering from antisocial personality disorder have a good chance of recovery if put on medications for insomnia as well as for depression, based on their behavioral symptoms. These medications may include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Some popular brands of these medications include Prozac®, Xanax®, and Ritalin®.
  3. Hospitals: New treatment modes are continuously being devised for antisocial personality disorder treatment. Many hospitals have started programs to help alleviate symptoms caused by antisocial personality disorder. These programs provide strict behavioral controls that work on a reward mechanism that allows the patients to fully recover from their psychiatric disorder.
  4. Marijuana: Although no conclusive studies have been completed, a new antisocial personality disorder treatment includes treatment using marijuana.
  5. Schema Therapy: This is among the newest antisocial personality disorder breakthroughs and involves a combination of treatments integrating cognitive behavior therapy, object relations, behavior therapy, and Gestalt therapy.

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