Social Disorder Essay, Research Paper
In the world full of fears, perhaps a worse for the human being should have is that be afraid of his fellow man. The human that should be most feared is the one that has Anti-social Personality Disorder or in today s terms the psychopath. The psychopath is probably the most deviant mind that exists and treatment is not very successful because there is not a cure of drug to control it. It has been stated that a solution to this problem would be to let all sociopaths live in colonies together.
The sociopath is a combination of other mental illnesses that are incurred in childhood as a result of heredity, trauma and in the lack of emotional development. The lack of moral and emotional development which gives a so sociopath a lack of understanding for other peoples feelings which enables them to be deceitful without feeling bad about whatever they do. The under developed emotional system says the sociopath is emotionally retarded. The sociopathic behavior problems that start as a child have links to heredity, a family with a pre-dispostion to perform crimes, alcoholic parents that do crimes,irresponsible behavior that persists and parents that do not discipline. The child that will eventually be a sociopath exhibits certain feeling inside that they are inadequate, shamed and because they are teased and made fun of. They will often skip school, bully, steal, torment animals, runaway from home and the child is likely to develop attention deficit disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder or AD/HD. At an earlier stage than their peer group the child will smoke, drink, do drugs and become sexually active. The diagnoses of Anti-Social Personality Disorder is not used for people under the age of 18.
According to Webster s dictionary a psychopath is defined as a person suffering from, especially a severe mental diorder with aggressive antisocial behavior. Basically this is a nice way of describing a really bad and mean person. There are many characteristics of a sociopath has their own special traits. Here is a list of the characteristics of a psychopath:
+ grandiose self image
+ deceitful and manipulative
+ lacking remorse
+ lacking empathy
+ easily angered or frustrated
+ constantly irritable
+ incapable of experiencing guilt
+ unable to maintain enduring relationships
The antisocial tends to have short lasting relationships if they are even capable of having a relationship at all. The is incapable of having long lasting, close, and responsible relationships with people. The adult will constantly lie and cannot hold a job for very long. The sociopath can seem charming in social interactions but are repeatedly hurt. The actions a psychopath no matter what laws they break, whoever they hurt, whatever trouble they have to deal with they do not feel bad. When a sociopath is punished they have no feeling of regret because no matter how cruel or selfish the behavior is they feel that it is justified. People like you and me give the sociopath little sympathy because they because they hurt people so bad but their illness is recognized as somewhat of an explanation of what they do and why they do it. The idea of the disorder is no excuse for their behavior that results from it.
The sociopath is very intelligent and knows how to manipulate people into thinking – they are normal and that is when they work their so-called magic. Beneath their mask of sanity a sociopath is full of tension, hostility, irritability, and rage. When they hurt a person a sociopath might think he had it coming or I m watching out for # 1. Those sociopaths with children neglect them and do not keep them safe. As a spouse they can be dishonest,unfaithful, and abusive. A sociopath may look tough and resilient but is very fragile and can erupt very easily.
The diagnosesof a sociopath or psycopath is very difficult and has to meet several criteria in order to get that diagnoses. Diagnoses is based on a pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others.
Anti-Social Personality Disorder is found in as much as 75% of the prison population. Alcohol is a contributing cause or consequence of being antisocial. People that are both antisocial and alcoholic are prone to violent behavior. Not every antisocial becomes a criminal. An anti social person s disorder peaks between the ages of 24 and 44 and drops off sharply after that.
After the age of thirty the sociopath fights less and performs less crime but the illness can persist into the ages of between 60 and 70 but after 30 are less likely to be in trouble with the law. In our population today 3% men have Anti-Social Personality Disorder and 1% women in the overall population have it. The ratio of men to women is 4 to 1. Sociopaths have a tendency to have a non-psychiatric condition called malingering which is the production of grossly exaggerated symptoms for a specific illness or problem for the purpose of winning legal action or things like committing insurance fraud or basically anything they have to lie to get. The sociopath is a bundle of problems that could come from any part of life and they are very hard to handle.
A person is diagnosed with Anti-Social Personality Disorder is very hard to treat and there is no cure for their behavior. Because the disorder remits in the thirties, it tend to be less obvious. Those that are forced into psychotherapy cannot tolerate the intimacy of the required therapy. The therapist has to focus on enhancing strength, channel the sensation o seeking actions on people into more positive behaviors and teach practical ways in dealing with every day frustration. Medications are not recommended in the treatment of sociopath but drugs can diminish the violent effects. People with Anti-Social Personality Disorder also have Attention Deicit/ Hyperactivity Disorder and stimulants are used to treat that such as Ritalin. The use of these drugs can be easily abused and should be closely monitored. Those that are convicted of crimes are usually incarcerated despite their disorder. Some sociopaths may be able to instead of jail term choose a residential facility that has counseling but there is a high drop out rate in those facilities.
There is a disorder called Borderline that is often misdiagnosed as Anti-Social Personality Disorder which is quite similar to it. Borderline Disorder is a little more aggressive than Antisocial.
Characteristics of Borderline Disorder
1. bullying,threatening,or intimidating others;
2. often initiating fights;
3. physical cruelty to animals and people;
4. stealing in a confrontation with victim;
5. forcing someone into sexual activity;
6. Destruction of property;
7. Deceitfulness or Theft;
8. frequent lying;
9. running away from home at least twice;
10. serious violation of rules;
11. frequent truancy in school;
The diagnoses of a sociopath is extremely difficult because they have so many mental problems to contend with the complete diagnoses might not occur. The possibility of being diagnosed with something similar to being a sociopath is quite great and this point should be stressed with relationship between Borderline and Anti-Social Personality Disorder.
As I stated earlier in the paper, many people believe that psychopaths should be taken to all live in their own colony and I have to say as harmful as they can be to society, that might not be such a bad idea!