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Try googling antisocial personality disorder... is that what you were thinking maybe? I think that is what people used to call a psychopath...

Psychosis itself does not mean the person will be a psychopath

and maybe if a person with antisocial personality disorder starts to heal they will start to experience empathy and a conscience?

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Well, it's an interesting question, if it's about your own conscience: can't you tell whether you have one or not? And if you don't feel like you do have one, does that mean it's impossible to develop one? Or, are you hoping that because you have a diagnosis with "psychotic" in it, you don't have to have one?

To me, the concept of a conscience is that it's the part of you that knows right from wrong. You know that bullying is wrong (you've said so), so maybe you do have the ability to tell the difference? Now, I can understand feeling as if you don't have a conscience, or even being confused about right and wrong (I think it's confusing for everyone), but I hope you give yourself the option to have one.

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Well, it's an interesting question, if it's about your own conscience: can't you tell whether you have one or not? And if you don't feel like you do have one, does that mean it's impossible to develop one? Or, are you hoping that because you have a diagnosis with "psychotic" in it, you don't have to have one?

To me, the concept of a conscience is that it's the part of you that knows right from wrong. You know that bullying is wrong (you've said so), so maybe you do have the ability to tell the difference? Now, I can understand feeling as if you don't have a conscience, or even being confused about right and wrong (I think it's confusing for everyone), but I hope you give yourself the option to have one.

One of my diagnoses is Psychotic Disorder but my Therapist knows that I would NEVER harm an innocent person. She knows how dead set I am against such a thing.

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You may be confusing the word "psychopath", with the word "psychotic" (easy to do). A psychopath is described as not having the same depth of feeling as most people, or the same sense of right and wrong. Those who have had psychotic episodes experience sensory effects like visions or voices which aren't objectively real. This doesn't necessarily affect their conscience at all.

You seem to feel pretty strongly, and to have a clear idea of what you think is right, so you probably aren't a psychopath.

{"Psyche" is the Greek word for mind, so it's found in a lot of the technical terms of ... psychology. Confusing, yes.}

Psychopathy, in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy

Psychosis, in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosis

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You may be confusing the word "psychopath", with the word "psychotic" (easy to do). A psychopath is described as not having the same depth of feeling as most people, or the same sense of right and wrong. Those who have had psychotic episodes experience sensory effects like visions or voices which aren't objectively real. This doesn't necessarily affect their conscience at all.

You seem to feel pretty strongly, and to have a clear idea of what you think is right, so you probably aren't a psychopath.

{"Psyche" is the Greek word for mind, so it's found in a lot of the technical terms of ... psychology. Confusing, yes.}

Psychopathy, in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia....iki/Psychopathy

Psychosis, in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosis

It is PSYCHOTIC DISORDER. Clears it up a bit.
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Mr. Google knows that one, too. The following is from the National Libraries of Medicine at NIH, my personal favorite source for medical stuff. It's a bit short, though, but there are links if you want. Basically, it says "psychotic disorder" is essentially the same as the definition of "psychosis" above, and therefore still not "psychopath".

"Psychotic Disorders" on NLM at NIH.gov: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/psychoticdisorders.html

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