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July 17, 2015

Helping Girls with Antisocial Personality Disorder

About Antisocial Personality Disorder

shutterstock_370345553Antisocial Personality Disorder is a chronic mental condition in which your girl might display signs of dysfunctional thinking and relating to others, Anti Social Personality Disorder (ASPD), is defined (by the American Psychiatric Association) as a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others.  If she treats others with absolute indifference to their feelings, is calculating and insincere, possibly violating the law, and admitting to no feelings of shame, these can all be signs of Antisocial Personality Disorder.

If you are witnessing a reckless disregard for her own (and others) safety, refusal to conform, deceit, rash conduct, bad temper, and a pattern of negligent behavior, Minnesota Girls Academy can provide a safe haven as she struggles to overcome this serious problem.

Minnesota Girls Academy Can Help Your Girl with Anti Social Personality Disorder

It is vital to have ASPD diagnosed and treated properly, so that your girl doesn’t suffer possible, life-threatening consequences, such as substance abuse, unsafe and reckless behaviors, even repetitious law-breaking which can lead to incarceration.

The characteristics are complex for parents to recognize, and there is no definitive treatment for this disorder.  However, hope might lie with therapies that show the damaging consequences of inappropriate or illegal behavior.  Studies show reward systems or contingency management systems to be somewhat helpful in driving behavior towards a more satisfactory norm (not to be confused with ordinary, parental attempts at punishment reprimand and reward incentive).

While particularly complicated to treat, your girl will need long-term care for ASPD, as well as for any related conditions, such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse.

Minnesota Girls Academy helps once troubled teenage girls begin living a more fulfilling and intentional life. They learn to become happy, confident, self-reliant, and successful adults.

Your daughter will be presented with new challenges until ultimately she is ready to return home, able to once again enjoy family and friends. If you’ve reached your wits’ end with your out-of-control girl, call us at (888) 683-7007.