What is the Difference Between a Psychopath and a Sociopath?

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The terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” are used interchangeably and, at times, inappropriately. The two terms are actually part of an antisocial personality disorder and it’s not accurate to name someone with an aloof manner or a selfish streak as either a psychopath or a sociopath. Some parents are concerned that their teenagers might be afflicted with one of these disorders, however. This article will take a look at what the terms actually mean, the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath, the signs that crop up during adolescence, what adulthood could look like for those with this type of antisocial personality disorder, and what to do if you think your teen might be affected. Read More

Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.

Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.

In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Dissociative Disorders

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Dissociative disorders are comprised of several different but similar conditions that cause a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts. In years past, one well-known type of disorder was sometimes called “multiple personality disorder.” The dissociation that occurs with these conditions can happen just once in a person’s life, or it can become a long-term issue. About 2 percent of people have a dissociative experience at least once in their lives. If your teen is one of them, it’s understandably a scary experience for both of you. It’s important to keep in mind that all dissociative episodes are involuntary; your teen is not doing this for attention or because he or she has poor coping skills. By working with your teenager’s mental health care team, there’s a very good chance that the condition can be brought under control and that your child will go on to live a productive, happy life. Read More

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Common Lies That Narcissists Tell

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The definition of a narcissist, according to psychologist Stephen Johnson, is “someone who has buried his true self-expression in response to early injuries and replaced it with a highly developed, compensatory false self.” A narcissist will often lie and exaggerate in order to get what they want. Here are a few common lies and exaggerations that you could expect to hear from a narcissist. Read More

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The Prejudice Against Teen Borderline Personality Disorder

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Parents and caregivers should know that some clinicians may be resistant to diagnose a teen with Borderline Personality Disorder. A personality disorder is an illness that contains psychological patterns that have become woven into a person’s personality, and therefore are hard to change. On the whole, when a person has a personality disorder, treatment often feels ineffective. Read More

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