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ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER: WHAT IS ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER?

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Definition: What is "Antisocial personality disorder"?

ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER

Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a mental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern & violation of & disregard for the rights of others, which begin in early childhood or adolescence & continue into adulthood. Features of Antisocial personality disorder include manipulation & deceit.

Symptoms & Signs

Common characteristics of patients with Antisocial personality disorder include substance abuse, persistent lying or stealing, recurring difficulties with the law, persistent agitated feeling, disregard for the safety of self & others, inability to tolerate boredom & a history of childhood conduct disorders. Most Antisocial personality disorder patients show superficial charm, impulsiveness, recklessness, inability to make & keep friends, sense of extreme entitlement, lack of remorse for hurting others, aggressive & violent behavior, tendency to violate boundaries & rights of others, may it be legal, physical, sexual, emotional & property. They also have difficulties with authority figures.

Causes

The cause of Antisocial personality disorder is unknown. However, genetic & biological factors may play a huge role.

Diagnosis

Patients with Antisocial personality disorder may express remorse or guilt & may offer rationalizations & excuses. However, his or her history of criminal acts suggest little guilt & remorse. In addition to the features listed above, a person must have three other symptoms, including impulsivity (failure to plan ahead), aggressiveness & irritability, consistent irresponsibility, lack of remorse, deceitfulness & failure to conform to social norms. However, Antisocial personality disorder should not occur during any episode of manic or schizophrenia. An estimated 3% of males & 1% of females have Antisocial personality disorder.

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