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Antisocial Personality Disorder

(Also Known As: Borderline Personality Disorder, Personality Disorder, Bipolar, Antisocial, Psychopathy, Sociopath, Sociopathic Personality Disorder)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial Personality Disorder is a chronic mental illness or disorder where the individual disregards the feelings and rights of others for their own personal gain without any feelings of guilt. Individuals who have Antisocial Personality Disorder are violent, untruthful, irresponsible, disrespectful, impulsive, and have aggressive behavior.

Also, people with Antisocial Personality Disorder may habitually violate the law and rights of others, which often can lead them into trouble. They often lie and act cruelly, which affects their work and school as well as their relationships with family and friends. An individual with this disorder is often a binge drinker or drug abuser.

Antisocial Personality Disorder may also refer to sociopathic personality disorder or to psychopathy, although some researchers consider them to be different.1 Antisocial Personality Disorder first appears in during childhood or during early adolescence and then remains through adulthood. People who have Antisocial Personality Disorder often end up unemployed for long periods of time, cannot finish school, are separated or have broken marriages, are irresponsible parents, homeless, and often in and out of prison due to their actions. They also tend to die young for reasons of suicide, accidents, and homicide.2

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