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What is antisocial personality disorder?
Antisocial personality disorder is a mental disorder characterized by ongoing patterns of manipulation, exploitation and violation of the rights of others.
What are the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder?
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, …
What causes antisocial personality disorder?
There is no single cause of antisocial personality disorder; it is likely due to a complex interaction between biological, physical and psychological factors.
Who gets antisocial personality disorder?
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.
How is antisocial personality disorder diagnosed?
A healthcare provider will diagnose antisocial personality disorder based on a physical examination and after taking a detailed medical history and psychological evaluation.
How is antisocial personality disorder treated?
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 …
What is the outlook for antisocial personality disorder?
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.
How common is antisocial personality disorder?
Antisocial personality disorder is estimated to affect around 2-3% of the general population. Men account for around 70% of cases.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 17 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Antisocial personality disorder