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Sociopathic Symptoms In Women
Disregard for others: There is not really a triad for antisocial pd, but it is characterized by a disregard and violation of the rights of others. People who suffer from this disorder think they have the right to exploit, harm or use other people. Some scholars theorize that they suffer from superego lacunae meaning that their conscience never developed. They may display impulsivity, aggressiveness and lack of remorse. ...Read more
Probably not: Antisocial personality disorder, psychopath & sociopath refer to an indifference to social rules and a high level of callousness. “psychopath” originally suggested a biological tendency to antisocial behavior, while the term “sociopath” suggests that antisocial behavior is learned. Most theorists believe that antisocial behavior is learned, although brain injury may contribute to psychopathy. ...Read more
I have aspergers, but I have very manipulative and sociopathic tendencies at the same time. Is this common?
I can't say "common" but it may not be rare.
Asperger's lack of skill in interpersonal sensitivity could cause the lack of empathy or compassion that could allow such tendencies to develop without guilt - just operational pragmatic strategies. However, the skills for expert manipulation may be poor if you can't anticipate people's emotions. So, success may be spotty at best. ...Read more
How can I know whether I have a sociopathic personality disorder or not? I was told that people didn't feel love at my age either, is this true?
Start with Dr: First, see the dr. And get started with any proper psychiatric diagnosis, which may certainly include a psychiatrist input. As far as feeling love, . ..Definitely all people, at all ages can experience love both in giving it and receiving it. Love is a gift we all have inherently inside us, you just need to find it, and when you do, your world will change my friend! God bless. ...Read more
Is there anyway to help someone (daughter) with sociopathic tendencies? My understanding is its a personality defect and can't be helped or medicated.
Please try!: I'm sure you don't want her to grow up to be a sociopath so do something now to try to make a difference - take her to a good therapist--look at how you and your family may possibly be contributing to her being this way--family therapy might be helpful--make clear family rules--set clear limits with clear consequences --be consistent in how you follow through--keep working with those helping you. ...Read more
No: Sociopathy (sometimes called psychopathy) is a personality trait characterized by demonstrated lack of regard for the rights and well-being of others, exploitive behavior, indifference to punishment, sensation seeking and impulsivity. Studies of twins indicate a strong genetic predisposition is a cause of sociopathy. I know of no research showing twins to be more likely than others to have it. ...Read more
How do you explain to your adult children about your sociopathic sister and why you've pulled away from having a relationship with the sister?
Disregard for others: I'm wondering if you mean antisocial personality disorder. If a person has this, they would show a long standing pattern of anti-social attitudes and behaviors, including some of these: 1) lack of guilt, remorse, and care towards others; 2) minimal consideration of social norms and rules; 3) few close relationships; 4) trouble dealing with frustration and anger; and 5) a tendency to blame others. ...Read more
Antisocial behavior: An antisocial personality is very different. It is a person without a conscience, many times with criminal behavior. It generally does not develop late in life. ...Read more
I was wondering is it possible for a sociopathic child to be misdiagnosed as having oppositional defiant disorder?
Yes: The problem is that we do not define a child as having antisocial personality disorder or sociopathy at a young age. They are referred to as having conduct disorder. Once they are 18 years old, if sociopathy remains then the diagnosis can be rendered, provided that the conduct disorder diagnosis was also rendered by 15. ...Read more
What is the treatment for someone with sociopathic personality disorder? More than that, what is a spouse to do (me) when it's suspected?
If you think your: Hubby has symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder, it is highly probable that you are a victim of verbal, physical or sexual spousal abuse. If so, call the 24/7 Portland Women's Crisis Line, 503-235-5333 See the http://ocadsv. Org/looking-help list of local counseling & legal services. Seek individual therapy for yourself. No provider can advise you without first performing an assessment. ...Read more
Any doctors keeping up with the jodi arias murder trial? If so, what do you think about her psychological nature, is she just sociopathic?
General comment.: While I agree with dr. Pappas - I will make a general statement. Having severe characterologic defects does not mean that one is crazy or that they are not responsible for their behavior. ...Read more
I am not sleeping at all for the past 3 days, trauma from my sociopathic ex gf who mentally and physically abused me 3 years ago keeps upsetting me as I am finally in a healthy good relationship with someone else, how should I deal with this?
Sleep hygiene: Do your best to maximize your opportunity to sleep through self help sleep hygiene measures like avoiding stimulants in your diet inbthe evening, etc. Also consider talking to a therapist or physician about your concerns regarding your abusive relationship. Sleep is essential and going more than 2-3 nights without sleeping well can cause all sorts of physical and mental issues ADDRESS NOW! ...Read more
Is there any medication that can curb sociopathic behavior in a 9 year old with bipolar, rad, and ADHD who has not responded to 6 years of therapy?
Start with work-up: No medication currently available treats sociopathy, but that is a quite rare condition at age 9, and you mention a number of other diagnoses that potentially are medication responsive. You did not state what you meant by "therapy" or whether the child has been on medications already. I recommend going to a strong academic center specializing in children and obtaining a thorough assessment. ...Read more
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Periods: Menopause is a time when the ovaries stopped producing estrogen. The symptoms of hot flashes, pain with intercourse, and droopy breasts. In women of reproductive age, the symptoms may be different. Very light periods, lack of periods, or shrinking breasts can be clues. You can determine low estrogen by a blood test (lh, fsh, estradiol) on day 2 or 3 of the menstrual cycle and a week before. ...Read more
Food secrecy: Food may be hoarded and eaten in secret -- followed by vomiting so as not to gain weight. It can be an obsessive behavior. The person is generally consumed with weight and body image, but deals with anxiety and other emotional pain through food behaviors. There may be depression as well as cravings for sweets, other carbs, etc which trigger the binges -- followed again by vomiting. ...Read more