When Your Child Is a Psychopath by Barbara Bradley HagertyVery interesting article about youths suffering from sociopathic psycopathy. The article follows a 6 yr old girl who is institutionalized after attempting to choke her sibling. It goes on to explain the differences in brain region development that can cause extreme callous and unemotional traits, and the addiction to spikes of adrenaline that can also result.
The author also mentions an experimental treatment center in Wisconsin that is working with criminal youths with sociopathic psychopathy to recondition their behaviors by thinking about long term rewards rather than short term gratification. And it seems to work. Boys who go through the program are 30% less likely to commit another crime.
There are 2 causes of sociopathy: learned and genetic. The learned can be unlearned, and the genetic can be ameliorated (but never cured) through learning coping skills centered around impulse-control.
11 Signs a Child May Become a Psychopath - Psychopathic Risk Factors
Disturbing Signs Your Child Might Be A True Psychopath
Anyone who has been a teacher will know that children can be very antisocial at times. They can be insolent, disobedient, and loud. However, it's not always about merely being a brat. One in children actually show antisocial traits which can act as warning signs that they will become psychopaths when they grow up. One thing many antisocial children have in common is that they don't look at people's eyes very much, Scott said. Which is quite interesting.
By Jane Ridley. March 7, pm Updated March 8, pm. Four years ago, Lillyth Quillan cowered behind a padlocked door as her teenage son, taller and stronger than she is, paced back and forth in a rage. Suddenly he went quiet. It was the first time the high school freshman had used that particular tone, but he continued to deploy it as he menaced his mom and dad. Psychopathy, which is often used interchangeably with the term sociopathy, is believed to affect 1 percent of adults. Key attributes that sociopaths and psychopaths have in common include a disregard for laws, social mores and the rights of others, a failure to feel remorse or guilt and, in some but not all cases, a tendency to violence.
'Psychopath' is an adult condition.
But no parent ever wants to imagine that their child could be a psychopath. Kids who are psychopaths, however, are cruel and unemotional much of the time. Psychopathy is a continuum and some elements will be found to some degree in most children. In the current psychiatric terminology, the pattern is generally known as Antisocial Personality Disorder. It can also be linked to harmful behaviors.
And it would happen for hours and hours each day, no matter what we did. These furies lasted well beyond toddlerhood. At 8, Michael would still fly into a rage when Anne or Miguel tried to get him ready for school, punching the wall and kicking holes in the door. Left unwatched, he would cut up his trousers with scissors or methodically pull his hair out. He would also vent his anger by slamming the toilet seat down again and again until it broke. By the time he turned 5, Michael had developed an uncanny ability to switch from full-blown anger to moments of pure rationality or calculated charm — a facility that Anne describes as deeply unsettling.