7 Ways to Cope When Someone You Care About Has Antisocial Personality Disorder


Caring for someone with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) can be complex and tumultuous at times. People with the condition can exhibit a high degree of manipulative behavior and frequently achieve success by deceiving those around them.

“Individuals with ASPD often do not readily think about how their actions affect others,” says Joel Frank, PsyD, a licensed clinical and neuropsychologist in Sherman Oaks, California. “They lack empathy and the ability to connect with others, and that can be dangerous,” adds Kelsey Latimer, PhD, a clinical psychologist based in Stuart, Florida.

ASPD is a significant mental health challenge that can make it difficult (but not impossible) for the individual to sustain long-term relationships, according to the U.K. National Health Service. With the right help and guidance, it’s possible to have a healthy relationship with a loved one with ASPD.

Here’s how experts say you can navigate obstacles and foster a healthier, more balanced relationship with your loved one with ASPD.


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