Anti-Social Personality Disorder

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Anti-Social 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. This behavior is often criminal.


Cause of antisocial personality disorder is unknown. Genetic factors and environmental factors, such as child abuse, are believed to contribute to the development of this condition. People with an antisocial or alcoholic parent are at increased risk.


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


Antisocial personality disorder is one of the most difficult personality disorders to treat. People with this condition usually do not seek treatment on their own. They may only start therapy when required to by a court.


Far more men than women are affected. The condition is common among people who are in prison.
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Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for, or violation of, the rights of others. There may be an impoverished moral sense or conscience and a history of crime, legal problems, and impulsive and aggressive behavior.


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    Psych Central
    55 Pleasant St., Suite 207
    Newburyport, MA 01950
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