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antisocial personality disorder

Posted by on May. 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM
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Has anyone ever heard of anitsocial personality disorder or have any experience with it? With some research that i have been doing im fearing this with my 7 year old son. On a side note, his biological father seems to have every symptom associated with this disorder..HELP

by on May. 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM
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by on May. 8, 2009 at 5:03 PM

does your son hurt animals or other people?

i work in a psychiatric hospital so i have some experience but it is limited.

many of the people that i have met with this personality disorder are very charming yet very devious.  sorry i couldn't help more

by on May. 8, 2009 at 5:15 PM

no, my son has not done those sort of things but his father has no issues doing things of the such. We feel it is this or something similar because he doesnt show regret/remorse, it seems that consequence does not affect him. He does the same things over and over again such as lying "acting" like he's stupid...He doesnt seem to care about anything...Not his toys or belongings which he breaks most everything he gets..He'll say he cares but doesnt show it at all. Then whenever He is around others outside of the home its like he's a normal child. I've taken him to specialist and pleaded to help me because I know there is something not right with him but while were at the doctors he acts so normal that they must think im nuts. This is why i have been leaning towards this disorder...because of his uncaring nature, not seeming to have a conscience, and then acting normal otherwise in front of others. Then on top of his symptoms his father has all the antisocial symptoms mentioned. This is just a brief overview of what I see in my son but it should give you an idea. Thanks..

by on May. 8, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Antisocial personailty disorder is not diagnosed until age 18.  At your son's age you would be possibly looking at or considering the diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.   Conduct disorder is a very serious disorder, more often diagnosed in the teen years, which is marked by a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others, such things as stealing while confronting a  victim, sexual assault, harm to animals and people, etc.  Conduct disorder in adolescence can lead to antisocial personality disorder in adulthood.  I would be very careful that a thorough evaluation by a trained mental health professional is done when making any of these diagnoses.  There are not medications that specifically target ODD or CD symptoms, BUT there are absolutely behavioral techniques that help.  I think you need a referral to a child psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor or licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in children with disruptive behaviors.  Ideally, this person will not only work with your child but also recommend parenting techniques and interventions you can use at home.  When your child has particularly challenging behaviors you oftentimes need specific techniques, such as very clear and consistent limits, consequences and rewards.  A therapist can help you develop this. 

Please don't decide that because his dad has these symptoms, he will inevitably become a person with antisocial personality disorder-- if you expect the worst from your son and have no hope that it will get better, he may live down to your expectations.  He is quite young and there is lots of hope for improvement!

Another thought I have is that sometimes acting-out behaviors hide another problem such as depression.  This is something else a trained mental health professional can evaluate.

I encourage you to seek further eveluation by a professional who is experienced in this area and I wish you and your family the best of luck.

by on May. 8, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I agree with the previous post.. get some professional help in determining what is going on.. when my son was 7 he was diagnosed with Opp..  Defiant.. Disorder.. ADHD and a personality disorder... he did not seem to care about anything... he was child number 3 and it was very hard trying to figure out what was wrong.. my son also had an explosive temper and was very hard to handle when he became upset..  

my son is now 13 and  was confirmed to have Bi Polar NOS at  age 10...  he does take meds .. has bad days on occasion .. but has really turned into a great kid with a big heart.. Bi Polar in kids can be much different than in adults as they can have rapid cycling of moods vs an adult .. 

Getting the professional intervention really helped.. contact me if you want to talk.. my son was hospitalised  3 times so I have been there.. first stay was age 8.. it was very hard on me the first time.. it does get better..

..  Good Luck !!  

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