Antisocial Personality Disorder

ASPD Treatment in Orange County, California

Antisocial Personality Disorder, ASPD for short, is a dramatic personality disorder that includes aggressively irresponsible behavior that goes against societal norms and rules. People with ASPD may regularly lie, commit crimes, or engage in other hurtful deeds without guilt. Though people with ASPD rarely seek help on their own, therapy such as family therapy and group therapy may be able to benefit them. Southern California Sunrise’s mental health center in Mission Viejo can provide the needed ASPD treatment for you or your loved one.

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What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

According to The Mind, the development of antisocial personality disorder and all other personality disorders are considered mental health conditions. A person with antisocial personality disorder typically exhibits antisocial behaviors and an increased risk of experiencing long-term changes to how they think, feel, or relate to other people.

An antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness that has particularly proven to be a severe form of personality disorder because of the known long-term patterns of manipulating and other unfavorable behaviors. Individuals who express personality psychopathy are considered to suffer from severe forms of antisocial personality disorder.

A couple of different signs and behaviors that play a role in identifying antisocial personality disorder include:

Like other types of personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder is classified as a condition on a spectrum, which means the symptoms can range in severity. Some may exhibit some occasional bad behavior, where others seem to be breaking the law repeatedly and even sometimes committing severe crimes.

Who Develops This Disorder?

The development of antisocial personality disorder is known by doctors and other industry-professionals to affect more men than women on average. Although the exact reasons are still unknown, there are certain circumstances where the likelihood of personality disorders forming is higher.

A few common causes include:

  • Growing up with an antisocial or alcoholic parent
  • Consistently experienced difficult or dangerous childhood situations
  • Child abuse and neglect

These numerous mental health symptoms typically reach their peak during the individual’s late teenage years or early twenties but have been seen to have the possibility of improving on their own over time. Along with these difficulties, genetics are also capable of leading to this or other personality disorders and can begin to form in the early childhood years.

Treatment Options

When receiving an antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) diagnosis, the individual would have to have shown evidence of a psychopathic personality or other symptoms that are in accordance with the disorder before the age of 15. However, a definite diagnosis of ASPD can not be made until the age of 18. Many adults suffering from ASPD will have often shown signs of the disorder throughout their childhood or early adolescence.

When looking for a viable treatment option, talking therapies such as behavioral therapy or psychotherapy in either a group or individual setting is a recommended place to start. Some doctors and therapists will frequently use specific FDA approved psychiatric medications like atypical antipsychotics or mood stabilizers in the effort to treat specific ASPD symptoms such as impulsivity and aggressive behaviors.

If a family member, a close friend, or anyone else you know is struggling with a mental health condition such as ASPD, and you want to help, it is encouraged to consider attending a support group to learn more about the illness. Seeking help from a social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist is the next step of the process when trying to stabilize the state of an individual’s mental health.

It should be clear that although you may not be able to change your loved one’s behavior, strategizing tactics and coping skills can be obtained to assist with setting healthy boundaries and protecting yourself and others from any harm.

Get ASPD Treatment in California

You or your loved one’s ASPD doesn’t need to get in the way of a happy life filled with meaningful relationships. The talented staff at SCSRC’s Mental Health Center in Mission Viejo understands your challenges and wants to help.

Our leading therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists can develop a personalized ASPD treatment program that is unique and right for you or your loved one. Whether it’s a combination of medication and specific psychotherapy approaches, we can work together to build a plan that is effective for you.

Call today and our admission specialists will gladly answer any question you may have and discuss our process.

Clinically Reviewed By:

Joe Cavins, LMFT

Joseph Cavins holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Cal State Fullerton and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Initially inspired during his tenure as a school bus driver, Joseph balanced his duties with his studies, demonstrating a strong commitment to his academic pursuits. Post-graduation, he gained significant experience in clinical settings, interning at Aspen Community Services where he later served for 10 years, eventually becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He also earned certification from the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Association as a Mental Health Provider.

Joseph’s professional journey includes roles in private practice and contracting with the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Special Education Department, culminating in his recent position at Southern California Sunrise Recovery in 2024.