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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 Clinical Excellence).
the NHS on caring
It is written for people with antisocial personality disorder but it may also
for people with be useful for their families or carers or for anyone with an interest in
specific conditions the condition.
or diseases and the The booklet aims to help you understand the care and treatment options
treatments they that should be available in the NHS. It does not describe antisocial
should receive. personality disorder or the tests or treatments for it in detail. A member of
your healthcare team should discuss these with you. There are examples
of questions you could ask throughout this booklet to help you with this.
You can get more information from the organisation listed on page 12.
Medical terms printed in bold type are explained on page 11.
Information about NICE clinical guideline 77
Issue date: January 2009

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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 disorder?
Can I receive treatments for other conditions? 8
Information for families or carers of people with antisocial 9
personality disorder
Information for families or carers of children with 10
conduct problems
Glossary 11
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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 you can understand and that
suitable for
is relevant to your circumstances.…read more

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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 but characteristics of the disorder can be recognised in younger people
as conduct problems.…read more

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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 about your not match what
thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and how you cope with any problems.…read more

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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 should be coordinated properly by the people caring
and you think for you. You should be told about the different services involved and given
that a treatment information about them.…read more

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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 for
There is information for families and carers on page 9. you, depending
on your exact
circumstances.…read more

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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 and it may cause side effects.
However, you may be offered medication if you have other conditions,
such as depression and anxiety (see section below).…read more

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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 and support themselves. Healthcare
professionals should tell you about any local support groups for families or
carers.…read more

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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 range of psychological treatments involving
parents, the whole family, or the child or young person on their own, and
for young people in foster care.…read more


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