How is antisocial personality disorder treated?

Psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for antisocial personality disorder. Psychotherapy is a type of individual counseling that focuses on changing a person’s thinking (cognitive therapy) and behavior (behavioral therapy). Group and family therapy might also be helpful. Family therapy can increase understanding among family members of people with antisocial personality disorder. Group therapy is most beneficial if it is tailored to people with antisocial personality disorder. A person with the disorder might be more comfortable discussing his or her feelings and behaviors with individuals who face similar problems and issues.

Although medication is not used to treat the antisocial personality disorder itself, it might be used to help stabilize mood swings or treat some of the distressing symptoms of the disorder, such as impulsivity and violent aggressiveness.

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