Treating the antisocial child
HENDRY and Lisa (not their real names) found it difficult to handle their 10-year-old daughter, May.
She had had antisocial problems since her preschool years.
Hendry and Lisa never considered their daughter’s problem serious until she started Year 4 in primary school.
May could not distinguish right from wrong.
She would sometimes purposely break her siblings’ and friends’ stationery and was unfriendly and aggressive towards others.
She was also unaware of social or cultural contexts, causing her to disrespect others, including her parents, teachers and elders.
The situation became worse when May got older.
By then, the number of calls Hendry and Lisa were receiving from the school regarding May’s behavioural issues were increasing day by day.
Her school results were also deteriorating although she attended tuition classes.
Her parents sought information from the Internet and social media on how and who could deal with their daughter’s antisocial problem.
They found ChildPsych, the Centre for Children and Adolescence Psychology, which was able to help with their daughter’s problem.
The psychologist found that May could be suffering from a developmental disorder called antisocial behaviour.
It is a psychological disorder or neuro-developmental behavioural disorder characterised by significant violation of the rights of others.
Covert antisocial behaviours include dishonesty, noncompliance, sneaking or secretly destroying the property of other people.
Overt antisocial behaviours include destructive actions against other people such as harassment, verbal or non-verbal abuse and destructive actions against property.
A child with antisocial behaviour may also abuse drug and alcohol and be involved in dangerous activities if untreated.
Principal consultant child psychologist of the International Psychology Centre Dr Weng Lok Chan said most antisocial behaviour disorders can be treated, especially if patients are brought to the psychologist when they are young.
Psycho-educational therapies based on the results of their psychological assessment are developed to help them overcome their antisocial behaviours.
Psycho-nutritional therapy is also tailored to a patient’s lab results.
This includes balancing deficient neurotransmitters with natural psycho nutritional supplements.
May’s behaviour improved within six to 12 sessions.
article is contributed by ChildPsych, the Child Psychology Division of the International Psychology Centre’s team of psychologists, educational psychologist and psychonutritional therapists.
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