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Antisocial Personality Disorder

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by chronic behavior that manipulates, exploits, or violates the rights of others. Antisocial personality disorder is behavior is often criminal.

People with antisocial personality disorder often have extensive substance abuse and legal problems.

Antisocial personality disorder is also called:Psychopathic personality; sociopathic personality; personality disorder - antisocial.

What Causes Antisocial Personality Disorder? 

The exact cause of antisocial personality disorder is unknown. However, researchers believe that genetic factors and child abuse contribute to the development of this condition. People with an antisocial or alcoholic parent have a greater risk of developing antisocial personality disorder.

Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

A person who has antisocial personality disorder may:

  • Break the law repeatedly
  • Lie, steal, and fight often
  • Disregard the safety of self and others
  • Be unable to sustain long-term relationships
  • Display reckless behavior
  • Exhibit aggressive behavior
  • Abuse alcohol and drugs
  • Be unable to fulfill employment or financial obligations
  • Demonstrate a lack of guilt
  • Had a childhood diagnosis of conduct disorder

Can Antisocial Personality Disorder be Treated?   

Antisocial personality disorder is difficult to treat. Group counseling may help. Treatment of other conditions, such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse, may improve the symptoms.


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