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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


Antisocial personality disorder
NICE `clinical This booklet is about the care and treatment of people with antisocial
guidelines' advise personality disorder in the NHS in England and Wales. It explains guidance
(advice) from NICE (the National Institute for Health and…

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Contents
Your care 3
Antisocial personality disorder 4
What happens when I first see a healthcare professional 5
about my symptoms?
Who will provide my treatment? 6
Will my family or carers be involved in my treatment and care? 7
What treatment should I be offered for antisocial 7
personality…

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Your care
Your treatment and care should take into account your personal needs Some treatments
and preferences, and you have the right to be fully informed and to make may not be
decisions in partnership with your healthcare team. To help with this, your
healthcare team should give you information…

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Antisocial personality disorder
Antisocial personality disorder is the name given to a condition that affects
a person's thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Antisocial means behaving
in a way that is disruptive to, and may be harmful to, other people.
Antisocial personality disorder is not usually diagnosed before the age of
18…

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What happens when I first see a healthcare
professional about my symptoms?
If it is thought that you may have antisocial personality disorder, you should If you think that
be offered an assessment with a specialist mental health professional. your care does
During the assessment you should be asked questions…

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Who will provide my treatment?
If you have You may initially receive treatment from mental health services and
talked to your other community services. If you are in prison or another institution you
can receive treatment there. Your treatment and care may involve many
healthcare team,
different services so it…

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Will my family or carers be involved in my
treatment and care?
Healthcare professionals should ask you whether you wish your family or Some treatments
carers to be involved in your treatment and care. If you agree, your may not be
healthcare team should encourage them to be involved. suitable…

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Should I be offered medication?
You should not usually be offered medication just to treat antisocial
personality disorder or for any related symptoms or behaviour, such as
aggression, anger and impulsive behaviour. This is because there is no
evidence that medication helps to relieve the symptoms of antisocial
personality disorder…

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Information for families or carers of people with
antisocial personality disorder
Caring for a person with antisocial personality disorder can be difficult
and challenging. Depending on the circumstances, families or carers can
play an important part in supporting a person with antisocial personality
disorder, but they may also need help…

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Information for families or carers of children with
conduct problems
Many young people with conduct problems go on to have antisocial
personality disorder as adults. But treating young people with conduct
problems at an early age can help to prevent more serious problems from
developing later on. There is a…

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