Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder is defined by a complete disregard of others that starts in childhood and continues into adulthood. People with this disorder often violate others’ rights and seem to show no apparent remorse or empathy. Furthermore, people with Antisocial Personality Disorder can manipulate and exploit others and ultimately engage in criminal behavior. This is a disorder that starts early and therefore benefits from early detection and treatment. Personality disorders such as this are usually chronic and long-term and may interfere with a person’s life greatly. There is no exact cause of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Rather, it is most likely a combination of genetic factors and traumatic early life experiences. Among those with Antisocial Personality Disorder, physically and emotionally abusive childhoods are common, as well as parents with substance abuse problems.

Common Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

As stated earlier, the characteristics of Antisocial Personality Disorder usually manifest themselves early on, with the antisocial person demonstrating many of the following symptoms:

  • Failure to abide by the law
  • Chronic lying and deceit, especially for personal gain
  • Irritability and aggressiveness
  • Reckless
  • Disregard for the feelings or safety of others
  • Irresponsibility
  • Remorselessness
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Promiscuity
  • Intolerance

Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder is very difficult to administer. Those who have this disorder have deep-rooted mistrust and hostility towards others and therefore have no desire to seek treatment or agree to it. Furthermore, it is also rare for family or friends to help people with Antisocial Personality Disorder in seeking help because those with this condition often lack close relationships. Often, treatment and therapy is court-ordered as a result of the criminal behavior that results from having this disorder. Treatment of this disorder usually involves typical psychotherapy that can include reward systems and Schema therapy. Medical marijuana has also been used but is not considered a long-term solution.

If you have this disorder and are becoming more aware of the negative impact you may be having on others, or if you know someone who may have this disorder and it appears as though no one else will help, please keep in mind that there are plenty of others who care. Out of all the personality disorders that exist, this is one of the most dangerous. It puts not only the antisocial person but also others in harm’s way. This is a condition that establishes itself very early in a person’s life and thus needs to be treated early. Do not wait to seek help. A happy and jail-free life is easier than you think.

Review Sources

  • Wikipedia– general info on the disorder.
  • MedlinePlus – definition, causes, symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

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