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Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby CaptainVegetable » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:48 pm

Hi everyone. For a long time I've been thinking about whether someone with a psychopathy diagnosis can also develop PTSD? Because PTSD requires a trauma, and this by definition needs to have a negative effect on the person's emotional reaction, can a person with psychopathy, who cannot feel the full range of emotions develop PTSD?
If anyone has either of these diagnoses would like to pitch in with a comment, that would be great. Thanks!
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby Greatem » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:06 pm

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/men ... sychopaths

"There's one core structure in the brain that's over-responsive in PTSD—that's the amygdala," he says. This region is critical for perceiving and responding to threats. In PTSD, the amygdala is hypersensitive to threats, producing fear in situations that wouldn't seem to be frightening to most people.

But in brain scans of people who have high levels of callous or unemotional traits, "We see a reduced response of the amygdala to threat," says Blair.


Science says no. But i don't personally know.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby Little Boy Lost » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:07 pm

in males, the affective component of psychopathy (lack of remorse, lack of empathy/callousness, shallow affect, externalizes blame) is negatively correlated with trauma. iIIRC psychopathy as a whole is positively correlated with trauma in females.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby crystal_richardson_ » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:57 pm

CaptainVegetable wrote:Hi everyone. For a long time I've been thinking about whether someone with a psychopathy diagnosis can also develop PTSD? Because PTSD requires a trauma, and this by definition needs to have a negative effect on the person's emotional reaction, can a person with psychopathy, who cannot feel the full range of emotions develop PTSD?
If anyone has either of these diagnoses would like to pitch in with a comment, that would be great. Thanks!


a few years ago I saw a psych and we discussed some ptsd related issues. I wasn't diagnosed.

nor do I have psychopathy.

however.

I read somewhere that psychopaths (born with the 'disorder'), are actually somewhat protected from the effects of SOME types of abuse, because as you correctly deduced, psychopaths lack some of the emotional capacities which make a normal person (or a person without psychopathy) vulnerable to abuse.

I read this in an article a few years back.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby deifiedonmyback » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:41 am

Type II psychopaths are often the way they are primarily from trauma, as well as a genetic predisposition. So it wouldn't be hard to find a psycho with PTSD. Type II's are often based in anxiety & experience a variety of symptoms of instability, whereas a type I does not. So I suppose it could be half & half... As someone said above, it's believed type I psychopaths are shielded from the effects of abuse by their naturally detached demeanor. As for ASPD? It's entirely possible. The stereotypical behaviour is a personality construct, not so hardwired into the brain as a born-psychopath is. So it is possible, but I'm not positive how statistically likely it is.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby OneRinger » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:15 pm

With these types of questions, the answer is always yes.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby CaptainVegetable » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:49 am

Thanks! Some very interesting answers. I agree with the research suggesting the hypoactive Amygdala cannot contribute to the development of a salient trauma memory and lessens the emotional devastation. One would speculate a lessened likelihood of it going to PTSD, but am still not sure if this speculation holds in actual cases.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby Apathy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:08 pm

I would think they can. They can also suffer from anxiety. Psychopathy is generally how we feel, not how we think. PTSD and Anxiety is thought constructions. It can usually be treated with Cognitive behavioral therapy. It's a behavior, whilst psychopathy isn't.
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby Mr. No One » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:23 pm

I might have PTSD but my AsPD doesn't care. Lol
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Re: Psychopathy and PTSD

Postby PSSadist » Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:33 pm

Not possible to suffer PTSD, do not suffer anxiety. Trauma is basically what my childhood was and I was a normal child to everyone else. I can suffer from trauma but never be traumatized from it.
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