Antisocial personality disorder

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Definition

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

Diagnosis

Patients with Antisocial personality disorder may express remorse or guilt and may offer rationalizations and excuses. However, his or her history of criminal acts suggest little guilt and remorse. In addition to the features listed above, a person must have three other symptoms, including impulsivity (failure to plan ahead), aggressiveness and irritability, consistent irresponsibility, lack of remorse, deceitfulness and 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 and 1% of females have Antisocial personality disorder.

Symptoms and 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 and others, inability to tolerate boredom and a history of childhood conduct disorders. Most Antisocial personality disorder patients show superficial charm, impulsiveness, recklessness, inability to make and keep friends, sense of extreme entitlement, lack of remorse for hurting others, aggressive and violent behavior, tendency to violate boundaries and rights of others, may it be legal, physical, sexual, emotional and property. They also have difficulties with authority figures.

Causes

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

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