Another interesting article which correlates with my experience.
What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?
Antisocial personality disorder is a chronic mental health condition in which a person’s way of relating to others is abnormal and destructive, characterized by a pattern of criminal behavior, manipulation, and exploiting the rights of others. Individuals suffering with antisocial personality disorder often have a criminal history, legal difficulties, and impulsive behaviors. These behaviors typically begin in childhood or early adolescence and continue into adulthood. The antisocial personality disorder is categorized under the dramatic/erratic cluster of personality disorders. Other mental health illnesses can commonly coexist with antisocial personality disorder, such as anxiety disorder, sadistic personality disorder, depressive disorder, and impulse control disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM IV-TR), antisocial personality disorder can be diagnosed by the following criteria:
- Pervasive patter of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since fifteen years of age.
- The individual is at least eighteen years of age.
- There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age fifteen years.
- The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode
The diagnostic criterion involves many considerations. If you or your loved one is possibly struggling with antisocial personality disorder, it is recommend that you follow up with a health specialist for a professional diagnosis. As with any mental health disorder, this condition can be debilitating to your ability to live life normally, but resources are available for health, treatment, and recovery.