Since parents can identify signs of psychopathy in children as early as age two and by the age of three, other people also around the child can read the signs. – it is suggested to seek professional help. A pediatrician or mental health professional can assist in assessing, diagnosing, and treating your child.
Please be noted that even if your children are not a psychopath – they may demonstrate some of the warning signs mentioned above such as lack of empathy. There is nothing to panic. You may treat them as normal children learning new skills and developing a better understanding of life.
However, if the lack of remorse or callousness is consistent and getting worse you may consult a pediatrician for a comprehensive evaluation and determine presence of mental health issues or behavioral or personality problems.
Without treatment, it’s unlikely that psychopathy will improve over time!
Thus, we can say that a future psychopath can be spotted as soon as a child’s personality begins to take shape. This knowledge can be used to change the path of a child’s development.
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