Sociopath treatment

“Sociopaths” are people with strong mental disorder, regularly demonstrating vigilant anti-social personality syndromes. Approximately one percent of the general population is psychopaths, and to the eyes of the neutral, they would appear just like a normal person who would seem charming, outgoing individuals and easily mimic normal human emotions – which is generally a cover up for their inner feelings and egotism.

Sociopathic behavior can range from demonstrating extreme emotions such as anger, rage, to sexual abuses. Sociopaths usually have a history of lying and being deceitful, reckless behavior and also commonly engaging in fights. Sociopaths also tend to break the law and engage into heinous acts such as stealing without guilt and drug use. They generally tend to be unable in maintaining healthy relationships, since they tend to use people only for their own interest and self-centered needs.

Treating anti-social personality disorder (APD) has been a precarious issue for a long time, and there is yet to be a foolproof method of treating people of such disorder. Many researchers have worked and came out with interesting facts and ideas, but since different psychopaths show non-identical signs of APD – a cure is only possible when the root of underlying reason is identified. For instance, habits like lying in order to prove something or make someone happy, begins to develop at an early age, usually from social/family related trauma when the sociopaths had to deceive their parents in order to save them from strong punishment. On the other hand, behaviors like engaging into fights, or sexual abuse, can also be a result of sexual abuse by someone from the family at the early stage of a sociopath’s life.

The initial challenges usually faced while treating APD is that the patient constantly fails to realize the fact that they have a problem. They also lack the ability to develop close relation with doctors, which makes it very difficult for a doctor to offer help, since curing mental disease requires strong relationships. Treating an APD is usually carried out in a case by case basis, and there are three basic categories of therapies that are generally used by the doctors.

Behavioral therapy: this therapy mainly tries to teach the patient new coping behaviors by replacing unwanted behaviors with more positive behaviors. Patients who seek behavioral therapy usually have problems and issues which can be traced back as early as their childhood, being usually victims who have adopted improper behavior over time. Patients are treated by being appointed into various activities where they learn how to control their emotions and deal with authority via role-playing and other interactive applications.

Cognitive therapy: in this therapy the doctor tries to understand the thought processes of a sociopath and aims to understand the reasons behind specific cases of APD. Later the therapist conveys lessons which aim at them so as to avoid lying, not to involve into fights or stealing things. These kinds of therapies usually do not require any medications; rather mental training is mostly stressed upon. It must be noted that in some cases drugs are prescribed in order to get rid of alcohol addiction, depression etc.

Psychotherapy: This kind of therapy requires more intimate relation and in depth knowledge about the patient. Here the therapist will indulge into family history and figure out the root cause of APD. Then the information is used to explain the victim how behaviors from the past is affecting their present life. The therapist will then reform the personality by bringing changes in daily habits of the patient and slowly shaping their life into a normal human being.

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