How do you treat a teenage sociopath?
The parent must recognize and seek help for the child, usually
on recommendation of teachers and other professionals in the school
system. This cannot be diagnosed by an untrained person.
One specialist is Dr. Robert Hare of Canada; he has
developed a specialized type of therapy that will help child
psychopaths (sociopaths) veer off the destructive path and have the
best life the illness allows! Arguably, he is the ONLY one who
knows how to train therapists to deal with sociopaths, and has a
special type of therapy developed for children with this
devastating mental illness. See his BOOK, "Without
Conscience," available at online bookshops, and you'll be able
to understand much more.
Here are three very different opinions from FAQ Farmers:
* Be careful that you are not confusing social anxiety with
sociopathy. Social Anxiety is technically classified as a disorder,
but think of it like a symptom. Don't try to get rid of the social
anxiety. Find out what is causing it before you try to overcome
* "Sociopath" is a misleading word: it implies a disorder,
something wrong and unnatural with the person, and this couldn't be
further from the truth. We, the people you refer to as sociopaths,
have nothing wrong with us. (That, while arguably true from a
sociopath's perspective, does not mean one should not do something
about the situation. "Sociopaths" can be quite damaging to those
around them). Just as science understands that epilepsy is not
demonic possession, that people with dissociative conditions are
not harboring ghosts or devils in their bodies, and that depression
is not a "deadly sin," it would and will be able to prove that
sociopathy happens for a reason and that it can be dealt with.
Sociopaths do very bad things. But branding them all "pure evil"
isn't going to help anyone. It's just more hate.