What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder describes a person who exhibits a pattern of disregard for others or violations of other people’s rights. This pattern of behaviour typically begins around the age of 15 years old.

Prevalence

The prevalence of this personality disorder ranges from 0.3% to 3.3%.

Signs and Symptoms

A person with antisocial personality disorder will often fail to conform to social norms of their society, with respect to laws, and will repeatedly perform acts that can lead to arrest. They are often deceitful, impulsive, irritable and aggressive, they will have a reckless disregard for the safety of others or for themselves, are irresponsible, and lack remorse. This personality disorder is diagnosed when a person is at least 18 years old. They may have shown signs of conduct disorder prior to age 18.

Treatment

Antisocial personality disorder is difficult to treat. For some, long term psychotherapy can help however this must be done by an experienced mental health professional. Treatment will depend on the person’s situation and their symptoms. Psychotherapy is sometimes used to treat this personality disorder usually in the form of talk therapy and medications like antidepressants or antianxiety meds may be prescribed.

 

The DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5

The Mayo Clinic: Mayoclinic.org

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