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A 37-year-old member asked:

what to do if i do not understand antisocial personality disorder/sociopathy/psychopathy can someone explain it to me?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
The conditions you: mention cannot be explained in a brief online response. Please see a mental health professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. They all relate to the way one sees others and treats/mistreats them. Peace and good health.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Antisocial: The modern clinical term for sociopathy is antisocial personality disorder. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson.

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Do most sexually abused children go on to have a personality disorder?

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What is the difference between psychopaths and sociopaths, are there more of them that are juvenile delinquents?

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Same and different: A psychopath is someone with little to no empathy, very shallow emotions, and poor connections to others. Very poor understanding of social norms. A sociopath has much the same issue, but more so in terms of interactions with others, often being manipulative, cunning, and using others as a tool. Both are very egocentric, and put themselves first always. Many juvenile delinquents are at least one.
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Are patients with multiple personality disorder (mpd) aware of the existence of their different personalities?

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Sometimes: There are cases where some of the personalities may be aware of the others but, as a general rule, persons with dissociative identity disorder (the clinical name for mpd) aren't aware of the different personalities within their psyche. Similarly, they are often not aware of what they are doing when the different personalities are controlling their actions, which can often be very frightening!
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Am I a sociopath if in court system as teen?

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Sociopath?: The diagnosis of sociopathy refers to the whole way you live, chiefly manifest by complete lack of respect or ability to understand and emphathize with another person. A single incident in court does not imply this diagnosis. Sociopaths, because they don't respect the rights and property of others, do end up in court or juvenile hall a lot, but so do a lot of other teens who just make bad choices.
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Anyone with experience with someone with histrionic personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Yes: Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals have experience with people who have histrionic personality disorder. Many other physicians encounter and work with them also, but are not the primary ones to treat this problem. Mental health professionals would be best suited to help such a person directly.

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