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  •  I do not mean (1+ / 0-)
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    to upset you, p50.

    I also do not pretend to be qualified to treat that disorder. But there are treatments.

    If anitsocial personality disorder is, in fact, a disorder, then wouldn't we want to treat those folks and regard their disorder and them (not their sociopathic behavior) with compassion, as we do with other mental/behavioral disorders?

    I do not doubt your statement that those suffering from the disorder are destructive and hurtful to others. I do not excuse their actions. But if you believe, as I do--and I think you do--that we are all human and all connected, and if you believe as you say you do that as long as someone is suffering from this disorder, they are incapable of controlling their destructive behavior, then why wouldn't one feel compassion? And search for treatments?

    Here's the full text of the Mayo Clinic blurb on treatment:

    Psychotherapy
    Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is sometimes used to treat antisocial personality disorder. Psychotherapy is not always effective, especially if symptoms are severe and the person can't admit that he or she contributes to problems.

    Psychotherapy may be provided in individual sessions, in group therapy, or in sessions that include family or even friends.

    Medications
    There are no medications specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat antisocial personality disorder. However, several types of psychiatric medications may help with certain conditions sometimes associated with antisocial personality disorder or with symptoms such as aggression. These medications may include antipsychotic, antidepressant or mood-stabilizing medications. They must be prescribed cautiously because some have the potential for misuse.

    Skills for family members
    If you have a loved one with antisocial personality disorder, it's critical that you also get help for yourself. Mental health professionals with experience managing this condition can teach you skills to learn how to set boundaries and help protect yourself from the aggression, violence and anger common to antisocial personality disorder. They can also recommend strategies for coping.

    Ask the people on your loved one's treatment team for a referral. They may also be able to recommend support groups for families and friends affected by antisocial personality disorder.

    This certainly reads like they think it is a disorder and at least somewhat treatable.

    As to the percentage of population suffering from the disorder, I got that from the linked NIMH website.

    Beyond this, I still wonder if everyone we call "evil" is suffering from this disorder?

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

    by Dragon5616 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:55:01 PM PDT

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