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

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

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

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