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not a synonym for violence or crime.
Psychopathy does increase the risk for violence and criminal behavior. But in many people psychopathy leads mostly to less serious behaviors, such as manipulation, lying, stealing, and bullying.
the most expensive mental health condition in existence,
costing the criminal justice system an estimated $460 billion annually. Every $1 invested in treating psychopathy saves over $7.
a major risk factor for gun violence.
Children with psychopathic traits are over four times more likely than other children to use a gun during a crime. Investing in better treatment options for psychopathy will reduce gun violence.
a major risk factor for bullying.
Bullies are over twice as likely to have psychopathic traits as children who don’t bully. Children with psychopathic traits are more likely to become bullies even if they were never bullied themselves. Investing in better treatment options for psychopathy will reduce bullying.
a common mental disorder.
It is more common than schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or anorexia. But, unlike these disorders, psychopathy receives almost no federal research funding. Such funding is needed to identify mechanisms, preventions and treatments.
something a person has, not something a person is.
Psychopathy is a mental disorder, like depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is not a disorder a person chooses to have. And symptoms can improve with treatment.
very difficult to detect.
Unlike many other serious mental disorders, psychopathy can be invisible to observers. People with psychopathy often present a “mask” of normalcy despite their serious emotional and behavioral disturbances. There are no cues that reliably signal that someone has psychopathy.
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Story from Anonymous
When I was around 3-4 years old I noticed that I was different from others. My family had a farm and we raised all kinds of different animals; cows, pigs…
Story from David
Trying to describe the challenges of living with psychopathy to neurotypicals is hard to impossible. I often relate things like my inability…
A Psychopath’s Story
Remorse is alien to me. I have a penchant for deceit. I am generally free of entangling and irrational emotions. I am strategic and canny, intelligent…
A Sociopath’s Story*
As a wife and a mother, I have learned how to tell the truth. Which is why I always know when my husband is lying. My husband was trying to tell me…
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4 Myths About Psychopathy That Refuse to Die
by Abigail Marsh, Ph.D., Co-founder of Psychopathy Is – I can assure you that psychopathy will never die, because it is not a myth. Far from it. Psychopathy is a very real personality construct that has been the focus of thousands of scientific studies all over the world…
Can Callousness and Unemotionality in Children Be Treated?
By Deepak Seshadri and Camilo Ortiz – Hyperactive, non-compliant, disruptive, defiant, and aggressive child behaviors, or what psychologists call “externalizing behaviors,” are the most common reason parents seek out mental health help for their children…