Sociopathic Behavior

Sociopathic Behavior: A Chronic mental illness where a person's way of thinking, perceiving situations, and relating to others is abnormal and destructive to themselves or others. This disease is also sometimes known as sociopathic personality disorder.

Symptoms & Characteristics:sociopath.jpg
  • Impulsive Behavio
  • No remorse for hurting others
  • Constant lying or deceit
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Aggressive and violent Behavio
  • Agitated
  • Unstable Work Behavior
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Violation of others rights
  • Manipulation of others with charm or wit
  • Intimidation of others
  • Difficulties with the law
  • Know the difference of right and wrong, but choose wrong
  • Egotistic sense of self

Though many doctors are unsure of how to exactly Diagnose sociopathic personality disorder, there are certain common factors that come into play and put individuals at risk for the disorder. Some of these risks are;
  • Childhood Diagnoses for conduct disorder
  • Family history of antisocial personality disorder, and other personality disorders and mental illnesses
  • Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse as a child
  • An unstable and unhealthy family life
  • Loss of a parent or a traumatic divorce during childhood

A child with conduct disorder
Interference in Daily Life: The influences of sociopathic behavior in every day life are wide and varied, but really unavoidable. People with the disorder may be affected by;
  • Depression and Anxiety
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  • Suicidal behavior
  • Reckless behavior
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • Child abuse
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Gambling problems
  • Incarceration
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Social isolation
  • School and work problems
  • Strained relationships with health care providers

Treatment: Treatment for antisocial personality disorder is known for its difficulty. Since the disorder is more of a way of being rather than a condition that can actually be cured, treatment involves intense long term care and follow up. Not only that, but since the disorder causes anxiety, depression, and other illnesses, treatment is required for that too. Many people are involved in the therapy for antisocial personality disorder, such as
  • Family or primary care doctor
  • A psychiatrist
  • A Pharmacist
  • Family members
  • Social workers
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Treatments of antisocial personality disorder include
  • Psychotherapy
  • Stress and anger management skills
  • Hospitalization
  • Medications

There are then different types of psychotherapy available for individuals with antisocial personality disorder. Different types of therapy work for different people with the disorder. The main types of psychotherapy are;
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: this type of therapy tries to get the individual to uncover bad and unhealthy beliefs, so that they can then replace them with positive and healthy ones.
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: This type of therapy is used to raise awareness of unconscious thought and behavior, bringing them to light, and then changing their negative impact.
  • Psychoeducation: Therapy that revolves around the education of the condition, treatments, skills, and coping strategies for that condition.
All of these therapies can be done individually, with family, or in a group setting. Other important treatments are medications, which can include Antidepressents to improve anger, depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, and hopelessness. Mood stabilizing medications help to smooth out and control mood swings, irritability, impulsivity, and aggression. Anti-anxiety medications are used, of course, to treat anxiety, but also aggression and insomnia. In some cases, anti-anxiety medications can increase impulsive behavior as a side effect. Antipsychotic medications are used to help with symptoms like losing touch with reality, also known as psychosis. They also help with anxiety and anger problems.
Sometimes, Sociopathic behavior is so severe that the only way for an individual to receive treatment good treatment for symptoms is to be hospitalized in psychiatric. Psychiatric hospitalization is a safe place where patients can come to partial or day hospitalizations, residential treatment, or 24 hour patient care. Individuals are hospitalized in psychiatric when they cannot take care of themselves, or if they are in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others.

Prevention: As far as doctors know, there is no prevention of sociopathic behavior. The only thing you can do is look for the risks that lead to the behaviors so that you might be able to get appropriate treatments, and hopefully prevent the symptoms from worsening. Most psychologists agree that symptoms for scociopathic behavior start to occur during early childhood. With this in mind, teachers and pediatricians might be able to see early warning signs. Fire1_445x260.jpgThe disorder isn't usually diagnosed for those under the age of 18, but it is still important to know the possible signs of the illness. They include;
  • Cruelty to people and animals
  • Fire starting
  • Use of weapons
  • Sexual Assault
  • Repeated lying
  • Stealing during confrontations, such as mugging.

This video is shows many signs of sociopathic behavior to look for. Even though diagnoses of sociopathic disorder is unlikely in childhood, it is still something to be aware of.

  • 1 in 25 people are sociopaths, so this is about 1-4% of the population.
  • 3-5% of men have sociopathic behavior while only about 1% of women have sociopathic behavior.
  • 70% of sociopaths come from fatherless homes
  • 30% of sociopaths are born out of wedlock
  • 15-25% of prison inmates show sociopathic behavior

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Impulsive: characterized by actions based on sudden desires, whims, or inclinations rather than careful thought
Wit: understanding, intelligence
Agitated: excited; disturbed
Egotistic: given to talking about oneself; vain; boastful; opinionated
Incarceration: Confinement or imprisonment in jail
Psychotherapist: an individual (as a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or psychiatric social worker) who is a practitioner of psychotherapy
Psychotherapy: the treatment of psychological disorders or mal-adjustments by a professional technique, as psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy.
Cognitive: of or pertaining to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.
Psychodynamic: the study of motivational forces, both conscious and unconscious, that determine human behavior and attitudes.
Antipsychotic: a tranquilizing psychiatric medication primarily used to manage psychosis

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