THE FOLLOWING comment was sent to me
in response to my article on sociopaths: Common
Everyday Sociopaths. Here is the comment:
It has been my observation that many psychologists
and therapists are quick to discount Antisocial Personality Disorder
as a diagnosis even when it is the correct one simply because
the sociopath has sought help. Many books say they don't seek
help and this is so wrong. They do just not for Antisocial
Every time they find themselves in a jam
(jail or hospital) they will choose the hospital and steer the
therapists towards a disorder like Bi-Polar or Depression and
boy oh boy, they hit the jackpot on pity and sympathy! They even
gain a "partner" in their therapists who they charm
(oh my, the only one who could ever help!) in teaming up against
their victim. Before they know it therapists are quick to defend
"their model patient" who they believe needs sympathy
because of that "horrible" wife.
Of course, they get so swept into the world
of the sociopath that even a therapist will forget how to do
their job and where the lines should be drawn. Out with being
able to be objective by examining facts and in with becoming
the best "pit bull" ever for the sociopath! What a
tool to attack his prey!
So it bothers me every time I see a statement that sociopaths
don't seek help THEY 100% DO only for another illness
that solicits pity and protection from the therapist who inadvertently
joins his "army" that he typically assembles as tools
to manipulate into aiding him in harming his victim.
TRUST ME... once a sociopath knows the
value of the POWER he has when he entices and charms a therapist
into believing HE is the victim... he'll be seeing the doctor
far more often than anyone with any other mental illness.
The danger in printing this statement that
sociopaths don't seek therapy is that it actually CAUSES therapists
to discount antisocial personality disorder as a diagnosis when
that is exactly what is going on.