Antisocial Personality Disorder

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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Post  Matthew on Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:28 am

Diagnostic criteria


-failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
-deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
-impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
-irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
-reckless disregard for safety of self or others
-consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent -work behavior or honor financial obligations
-lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.
-The antisocial behavior must not occur exclusively during an episode of Schizophrenia or a Manic Episode.


Antisocial Personality disorder is diagnosed in approximately 3% of all males and 1% of all females.


Symptoms:

-Persistent lying or stealing
-Recurring difficulties with the law
-Tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others (property, physical, sexual, emotional, legal)
-Substance abuse
-Aggressive, often violent behavior; prone to getting involved in fights
-A persistent agitated or depressed feeling (dysphoria)
-Inability to tolerate boredom
-Disregard for the safety of self or others
-A childhood diagnosis of conduct disorders - this is not a symptom but "a history of"
-Lack of remorse for hurting others
-Superficial charm
-Impulsiveness
-A sense of extreme entitlement
-Inability to make or keep friends
-Lack of guilt
-Relentlessness
-Recklessness, impulsivity
-People with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder often experience difficulties with authority figures.
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