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Can I receive treatments for other conditions?

Can I receive treatments for other conditions?

People with antisocial personality disorder often have other conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol problems. If you have another condition or problem you should be offered treatment for it, such as psychological treatment and medication, whether or not you are receiving treatment for antisocial personality disorder or for psychopathy or severe personality disorder. Healthcare professionals should follow NICE's guidelines on treating these other conditions.

If you have a problem with drugs (such as cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamines or heroin) you should be offered a psychological treatment, such as an incentives programme.

If you are in prison or another institution, and you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, you may be offered a place in a specialist treatment programme.

Questions about the treatment

  • Why have you offered me this particular type of treatment?

  • What are the pros and cons of having this treatment?

  • What will the treatment involve?

  • How will the treatment help me? What effect will it have on my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • Are there any risks associated with this treatment?

  • What are my options for taking treatments other than the recommended treatment?

  • What will happen if I choose not to have the recommended treatment?

  • Is there some written material (such as a leaflet) about the treatment that I can have?