This guideline covers principles for working with people with antisocial personality disorder, including dealing with crises (crisis resolution). It aims to help people with antisocial personality disorder manage feelings of anger, distress, anxiety and depression, and to reduce offending and antisocial behaviour.

In March 2013, some recommendations on prevention were replaced by the NICE guideline on antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people.

Recommendations

This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • People with antisocial personality disorder, their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in in February 2014. We identified no major studies that will affect the recommendations in the next 3–5 years.

Next review: February 2019

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline was previously called antisocial personality disorder: treatment, management and prevention.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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