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We can treat your daughter with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), a mental health condition that features a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. Your daughter might act clever and charming one day, and the next to be irate, bad-tempered, aggressive, or arrogant, all while stealing, lying, and maybe not even showing any remorse for what she’s done.

Have you watched her be a master of flattery and control of others’ emotions? Does she show complete indifference for the safety of herself or others? Might she even be abusing drugs or otherwise breaking the law, possibly stealing, bullying, being cruel to animals, or a vandal?

While only 1% of the female population is identified as having Antisocial Personality Disorder, up to 90% of the incarcerated population is determined to have it (though there is no universal agreement whether that is the product of genetic or environmental factors).

ASPD is only diagnosed in persons over age 18, who began to exhibit three or more symptoms by age 15.

Here is How We Treat It

Antisocial Personality Disorder is among the most complex personality disorders to deal with. Those suffering from ASPD hardly ever seek help on their own and might agree to therapy only after being forced to (such as with a court order). There is no universally recognized effective treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Treatment that demonstrates the damaging consequences of illegal and unsuitable behavior seems to show the most promise. Some studies have shown contingency management systems or reward systems to be effective at least to some extent in shifting behavior to a more acceptable norm (not to be confused with teens not responding to typical parental punishment and reward).

In addition, medication for frequently associated symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, can often help.

We know that the last thing you want is for ASPD to control your daughter’s life!

About Clearview Girls Academy

Clearview specializes in dealing with girls ages 13-17 who show inappropriate behaviors, falling grades, or negative influences that may jeopardize their future. With our multi-disciplinary counseling team (of 3 psychotherapists, psychiatric specialists, licensed teachers, as well as mentors and residential staff) we can help your daughter solve difficult emotional issues and start on a new and more productive path in her life.

Your daughter will receive an individual treatment plan aligned with her unique medical, emotional, psychological, educational, and spiritual needs. Along with daily chores and schooling or vocational training, the Clearview program is very personable and relational, but highly structured, emphasizing a nutritionally balanced diet, physical activities, and outdoor events, all designed to teach her a healthy lifestyle.

About the Author:
Jeremiah Guidos
Jeremiah Guidos

Clinical Director

Jeremiah earned his bachelor's degree as a Dean’s...

Jeremiah earned his bachelor's degree as a Dean’s List graduate in 2004 and his Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from George...