Can antisocial personality disorder be prevented?
There is no reliable way of preventing antisocial personality disorder.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 17 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Antisocial personality disorder is a mental disorder characterized by ongoing patterns of manipulation, exploitation and violation of the rights of others.
Someone with antisocial personality disorder may: • Be overly charming; • Persistently lie or steal; • Lack remorse and the ability to feel guilty; • Break the law; • Show irresponsibility financially and with employment or study, …
There is no single cause of antisocial personality disorder; it is likely due to a complex interaction between biological, physical and psychological factors.
Men are much more likely to develop antisocial personality disorder. Although the symptoms may appear during childhood or early adolescence, the condition is not diagnosed until adulthood.
A healthcare provider will diagnose antisocial personality disorder based on a physical examination and after taking a detailed medical history and psychological evaluation.
Antisocial personality disorder is very challenging to treat. Some people may respond to medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. Family members are encouraged to seek professional guidance for developing coping strategies to protect …
The most severe aspects of this disorder tend to improve with age. However, some people may experience complications associated with substance abuse, recklessness and criminal activity.
Antisocial personality disorder is estimated to affect around 2-3% of the general population. Men account for around 70% of cases.