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What is Anti-Social Personality Disorder?

By Edited Jul 22, 2015 0 0

Anti-Social Personality Disorder is one of several different types of personality disorders. Like the other types this one typically affects individuals who are in their 20s and their 30s. Both men and women can be affected by the condition, however, most patients, or around 70%, are male. Characteristics of this personality disorder resemble an individual who is uncompassionate or unconcerned with other people and their feelings, oftentimes crossing the lines and violating their rights. Sometimes people with Anti-Social Personality Disorder are referred to as having psychopathic behavior.

People with Anti-Social Personality disorder tend not to have empathy to another person. They are usually unemotional and disregard the feelings of other people. Another characteristic is being unable to understand the reason a person feels a certain way. People with ASPD have a great amount of confidence, however and they oftentimes exhibit arrogant behavior. People with this disorder are usually hard to talk to and are very strong in their beliefs.

Symptoms

  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Being arrested on multiple instances
  • Lying, stealing, cheating and otherwise being deceitful to others
  • Disregard for other human beings
  • Reckless and dangerous behavior
  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness towards other people
  • Lack of remorse for the behaviors
  • Irresponsible behaviors

Additionally many people who are affected with this disorder also have problems with alcohol or drugs.  They show anger often and are usually arrogant and big-headed. Most people with the disorder possess many of the same exact traits.

More Important Information

In most cases the symptoms of the disorder decrease with age. Usually by the age of 50 it is no longer prevalent in a person’s life. This is not always the case, however, especially when an individual has not sought any type of medical intervention or treatment for their symptoms.

There are a number of treatments  recommended for individuals with this condition. The first step is to see the doctor and get an appropriate diagnosis.   A mental health professional will be able to provide an APD diagnosis after several tests have been performed.

The usual treatment recommended for the condition is the use of therapy and psychotherapy over a long-term basis. In some cases a doctor may also recommend a medication for extreme cases of the condition and to help deal with specific conditions that come along with it.

Seeing the doctor is important for those who are bothered with mental health conditions such as Anti-Social Personality disorder.

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