Antisocial personality disorder is dangerous if not treated.
Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a disorder that characterized by an impairment in the ability to form positive relationships with other people. People with antisocial personality tend to break basic social norms and values. Violent offenses may involve assault, murder, and rape.
People with antisocial personality do violent behaviors with little or no remorse toward others. They see no problem with their behavior even breaking social and legal rules.
An antisocial personality may develop during childhood and continues to adulthood. However, the DSM 5 states that antisocial personality cannot be diagnosed in people under 18 years old. This is because antisocial personality is an enduring pattern of behavior and can only be clearly diagnosed during adulthood.
The lack of empathy to others allows people with this disorder to commit grave offenses. They show no emotional response when caught. Because of their prominent characteristics, they often violate the law and become criminals.
Antisocial personality disorders have one thing in common – gratification of one wants no matter what. What happens when this disorder is not treated?
The Danger of Antisocial Personality Disorder
Roxanne Dryden-Edwards writes an article on how dangerous an antisocial personality is if remains untreated. The following is part of her article.
Some societal costs of antisocial personality disorder, like the suffering endured by victims of the crimes committed by people with this disorder, are clear. However, when people with ASPD are the charismatic leaders of religious cults, the devastation they can create is often not known unless and until a catastrophe occurs. The multiple murders orchestrated by Charles Manson and the mass suicide that occurred at the command of the Reverend Jim Jones in Guyana in 1978 are just two such examples.
Individuals who suffer from antisocial personality disorder have a higher risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs and repeatedly committing crimes. Imprisonment is a potential consequence. People with antisocial personality disorder are also vulnerable to mood problems, such as major depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder; having other personality disorders, especially borderline (BPD) and narcissistic personality disorders; self-mutilation and other forms of self-harm, as well as dying from homicide, suicide, or accident.
Antisocial personality disorder tends to make the prognosis of virtually any other condition more problematic. Having antisocial personality disorder makes the treatment for problems of substance abuse or emotional or physical substance dependence more difficult. People who have both antisocial personality disorder and schizophrenia are less likely to comply with treatment programs and are more likely to remain institutionalized in a prison or a hospital. These risks become magnified if antisocial personality disorder is not treated. Statistics indicate that many people with antisocial personality disorder experience a remission of symptoms by the time they reach 50 years of age.
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