Learn About Antisocial Personality Disorder

What is the definition of Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others without any remorse. This behavior may cause problems in relationships or at work and is often criminal.

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What are the alternative names for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Sociopathic personality; Sociopathy; Personality disorder - antisocial

What are the causes of Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Cause of this disorder is unknown. A person's genes and other factors, such as child abuse, may contribute to developing this condition. People with an antisocial or alcoholic parent are at increased risk. Far more men than women are affected. The condition is common among people who are in prison.

Setting fires and animal cruelty during childhood are often seen in the development of antisocial personality.

Some doctors believe that psychopathic personality (psychopathy) is the same disorder. Others believe that psychopathic personality is a similar, but a more severe disorder.

What are the symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder?

A person with antisocial personality disorder may:

  • Be able to act witty and charming
  • Be good at flattery and manipulating other people's emotions
  • Break the law repeatedly
  • Disregard the safety of self and others
  • Have problems with substance abuse
  • Lie, steal, and fight often
  • Not show guilt or remorse
  • Often be angry or arrogant
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What are the current treatments for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder is one of the hardest personality disorders to treat. People with this condition usually don't seek treatment on their own. They may only start therapy when required to by a court.

Behavioral treatments, such as those that reward appropriate behavior and have negative consequences for illegal behavior, may work in some people. Talk therapy may also help.

People with an antisocial personality who have other disorders, such as a mood or substance use disorder, are often treated for those problems as well.

Who are the top Antisocial Personality Disorder Local Doctors?
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University Of Otago

Dunedin, OTA, NZ 

Martin Sellbom is in Dunedin, New Zealand. Sellbom is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder. He is also highly rated in 1 other condition, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Antisocial Personality Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Epilepsy.

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University College London

Division Of Psychology And Language Sciences 
London, ENG, GB 

Essi Viding is in London, United Kingdom. Viding is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder. She is also highly rated in 4 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Antisocial Personality Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder ODD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Oral-Facial-Digital Syndrome.

 
 
 
 
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Curium Leiden University Medical Center

Oegstgeest, ZH, NL 2342A

Olivier Colins is in Oegstgeest, Netherlands. Colins is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder. He is also highly rated in 2 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Antisocial Personality Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder ODD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD, and Syphilis.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Symptoms tend to peak during the late teenage years and early 20s. They sometimes improve on their own by the time a person is in their 40s.

What are the possible complications of Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Complications may include imprisonment, drug use, alcohol use, violence, and suicide.

When should I contact a medical professional for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

See a provider or a mental health professional if you or someone you know has symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

What are the latest Antisocial Personality Disorder Clinical Trials?
Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Treatment of Criminal Offenders With Antisocial Personality Disorder
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The Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Risk-taking and Aggression in Offenders
What are the Latest Advances for Antisocial Personality Disorder?
Psychological Adjustment in Adult Adoptees: A Meta-Analysis.
Statics and dynamics of psychopathies in the concept of Ε. Κraepelin.
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Antisocial Personality Disorder in Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date: September 07, 2020
Published By: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

American Psychiatric Association. Antisocial personality disorder. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. 2013;659-663.

Blais MA, Smallwood P, Groves JE, Rivas-Vazquez RA, Hopwood CJ. Personality and personality disorders. In: Stern TA, Fava M, Wilens TE, Rosenbaum JF, eds. Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 39.