Antisocial personality disorder; A war with yourself
Antisocial behavior simply put is a disruptive behavior where alarm and distress is caused. Disregard for others as well as one’s own self. It has always been labeled as being withdrawn or emotionally distant but it comes in many forms, from substance abuse, tendency to lie, antagonistic behavior to even being rebellious. Ordinarily being antisocial for most teenagers is just a developmental change that passes as they transition into adulthood. However, when talked about on an alarming scale, teenagers who later on being adults still show signs of the same conduct exhibit psychotic tendencies. When mentioning psychiatric disorders, antisocial behavior and aggression are one of the major underlying causes.
“Social awkwardness” and antisocial behavior
A common mistake made by individuals is considering social awkwardness and antisocial behavior to be the same. These two characterizations are often misinterpreted. Most of generation Z is socially awkward in some way or another. It requires simply being comfortable in a situation for one to speak up. On the other hand, when it comes to being antisocial, it involves one’s surroundings, family and peer groups. It is usually normal for children/teenagers to be mildly rebellious or have uncommunicative phases.
Often being shy or socially awkward is broadly characterized as being anti-social, however this is not the case. This kind of behavior stems from deeper issues, being antagonistic, hostile and detrimental towards social rules and norms is antisocial behavior. When these behaviors reach a chronic level, they are identified as pathological and can lead to a clinical diagnosis. Exposure to violence and malfunctioning societies
Lead traits of antisocial disorder
Traits to be discussed when talking about antisocial behavior include defiance to authority, deceitfulness, drug abuse, aggression, compulsive lying, inability to form emotional connections, lack of remorse, empathy, paranoia, anxiousness, inability to sleep and abusive nature. Usually these symptoms can be seen before the age of 15 and if untreated by the age of 18 are seen on a chronic scale. Preventing these behaviors in at risk individuals should be given utmost priority, quality of parenting has proven to affect children’s behavior and conduct problems.
Children that tend to manifest this behavior engage in verbal and physical abuse towards parental authority or their peers.
What causes aggravated reclusive behavior?
While understanding the aspects of asocial behavior, the causes and foundation should be kept in mind. Negligence and lack of parental care are often the root cause that affects most teenagers, it results in them being emotionally unstable or having a distorted sense of self. If it remains persistent during adolescence, it’s likely to continue and spiral in adulthood. Genetic and family history also play a role. Individuals with neurological problems like hyperactivity, ADHD are at a greater risk. Peer groups and antisocial friendships can be significant risk factor for both violent and non-violent behavior. These conditions cause decrease in impulse control. A disgruntled society that has bad peer influence, lack of attention or excess of care by parental authority give birth to antisocial individuals.
Ways to cope and prevent Antisocial disorder
Mentioning these mental health issues whether it’s antisocial behavior or the countless other disorders. The problems created later on by these disorders, may it be related to intense crime, harassment, vandalism, physical abuse, any sort of alarm or distress to the community members all fall under antisocial crimes. Antisocial behavior itself is not considered a crime however, if proper assistance and resources are offered to such individuals who show strong signs of this behavior, these crimes can be prevented and a more stable society can be formed. The stigma must be removed so that more people can seek help and reach out. These conditions are a source of pain not only for the individual himself but also for the people around them. An important factor in diagnosing antisocial personality disorder would be how the affected person relates to others. Usually a psychological evaluation is held, talk-therapy and medications are administered. Early intervention is also beneficial. Mostly individuals with antisocial personality disorder have another mental illness. Patterns of negative thinking and behavior are targeted and a plan is devised with an aim to change it. Since family instability or family conflicts are one of the root causes, family counselling, behavioral family interventions for abusive households and problem-solving training may prove to be helpful. In terms of focusing on the individual; emotional literacy, anger management classes, cognitive therapy and mentoring should be administered early on.
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