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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Symptoms and Treatments

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Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Individuals with antisocial personality disorder:
  • May begin displaying symptoms during childhood. Such behaviors include fire setting, cruelty to animals, and difficulty with authority.

  • Often have legal problems resulting from failures to conform to social norms and a lack of concern for the rights of others.

  • Often act out impulsively and fail to consider the consequences of their actions.

  • Display aggressiveness and irritability that often lead to physical assaults.

  • Have difficulty feeling empathy for others. This inability to consider the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of other people can lead to disregard for others.

  • Display a lack of remorse for damaging behavior.

Treatments for Antisocial Personality Disorder

  • Those with antisocial personality disorder rarely seek out treatment on their own. Individuals generally receive treatment only after some type of altercation with the legal system.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be useful in helping individuals gain insight into their behaviors and to change maladaptive thought patterns.

  • Effective results usually occur only after long-term treatment.
Further Reading
Overview of Personality Disorders

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