What is antisocial personality disorder?
An antisocial personality disorder is a disorder that characterized by an impairment in the ability to form positive relationships with other people. People with an antisocial personality disorder (APD) tend to break basic social norms and values. Violent offenses may involve assault, murder, and rape.
People with an antisocial personality disorder do violent behaviors with little or no remorse toward others. They see no problem with their behavior even breaking social and legal rules.
The antisocial personality may develop during childhood and continues into adulthood. However, the DSM 5 states that antisocial personality disorder 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.
A person with an antisocial personality disorder may be violent, impulsive and alcohol and drug user.
People with antisocial personality have poor control over their impulses. They have little or no tolerance for frustration and have no concern for the consequences of their behavior. As a result, they find difficulty in staying in a job or in a relationship.
Symptoms of antisocial personality disorder
Symptoms of antisocial personality symptoms may include the following:
- Have no clear distinction between right and wrong
- Use lies to exploit others
- Indifference and disrespectful of others
- Manipulative just to gain what they want from others
- Superior and arrogance
- Incapable to control irritability, agitation, and aggression
- Emotionally cold and lack of remorse
- Do not consider the negative consequences of personal behavior
- Irresponsible to any given responsibility
- Incapable of maintaining relationships
- Dishonest and violate others’ rights
People with antisocial personality may show symptoms of conduct disorder before 15 years old such as aggression, destruction of property, theft, and serious violations of the law.
Treatment of antisocial personality disorder
Treatment of antisocial personality disorder involves psychotherapy. Therapy includes anger management and treatment of alcohol and drug use. However, psychotherapy might not always effective if symptoms are severe. And sometimes, people with this disorder would not accept that they have problems. Medications, of course, are helpful to treat antisocial personality.
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