How LSD Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

How LSD Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

Indifference toward responsibility can be seen in those who build up a psychological dependence on LSD

Drug abuse can overshadow symptoms of preexisting psychological issues. In the case of LSD abuse, the drug’s psychological effects on the user cause the user to act intensely and unpredictably and can last after the trip has ended.[i] LSD, or acid, is a hallucinatory drug. While it is not physically addictive, it is psychologically addictive. The body can build a tolerance to it, requiring larger doses to achieve the same effects.[ii]

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a chronic mental illness characterized by a pattern of manipulative behavior and disregard for the rights of others. Individuals with ASPD may also have a disregard for the law, social propriety and their own wellbeing.

How Can LSD Abuse Prevent ASPD Diagnoses?

The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on a person’s physical and emotional condition upon taking the drug. For some, it is a pleasant experience; for others, an LSD trip can cause them to be a danger to themselves and other people.

Those with antisocial personality disorder are often attracted to high-risk behaviors; there are high rates of criminals and drug addicts with ASPD. The lack of inhibition, as well as the disregard for safety, can look similar to LSD abuse. Mood swings and erratic behavior are also characteristic of an acid trip. Individuals with ASPD may also be unable to fulfill all of their responsibilities. They likely have a history of problems in school and inconsistent employment. The same indifference toward responsibility can be seen in those who build up a psychological dependence on LSD. Individuals with ASPD might easily use LSD abuse as an excuse for their behavior.

Even just one LSD trip can result in long-term effects, such as depression, anxiety and hallucinations. An individual with ASPD may likewise experience tension and depression.

Recognizing the Signs of ASPD

Aside from the erratic, dangerous behavior and disregard for duty, which could be signs of either LSD abuse orASPD, some signs are unmistakably characteristic of ASPD. According to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, if a person exhibits three or more of the following traits, this indicates that they likely have ASPD:

  • Impulsive behavior
  • A disregard for the safety of others
  • Aggression
  • Irresponsibility
  • Failure to conform to the rules of society
  • No remorse
  • Deception

While LSD abuse may mask an individual’s current symptoms of ASPD, the disorder often begins manifesting itself during childhood. For this reason, diagnosis requires that the individual exhibited signs of the disorder before the age of 15. Lying, cheating, stealing, setting fires and showing cruelty toward animals and other humans are early signs of ASPD.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

If you or a loved one is experiencing a psychological dependence on LSD and symptoms of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), this is considered a co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorder and is best helped with Dual Diagnosis treatment. Professional psychological treatment directed at both aspects of the co-occurring disorder can yield long-term recovery from LSD dependence and improvement of ASPD symptoms. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about professional treatment options. We can help connect you with treatment centers that will best fit your needs, and we can also check your insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Please call today.


[i] https://www.drugs.com/illicit/lsd.html

[ii] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/where-can-i-get-more-scientific-information-hallucinogens-diss