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*Does your loved one persistently lie to you or steal from you?
* Do you get the feeling that they have no remorse for hurting you?
* Does your loved one have a childhood diagnosis of conduct disorder?
* Are your fearful of your safety? Is your loved one prone to violence and/or aggressive behavior?
* Is your loved one unable to keep and maintain friendships?
* Have you noticed that your loved one has an extreme sense of entitlement, often putting your needs last or not considering them at all?
* Do you believe your loved one when they compliment you, or does it seem superficial and manipulative?
* Is your loved one reckless and impulsive? Does it seem as they have no self control? Do they have recurring difficulties with the law because of this?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may possibly be dealing with somebody who suffers from Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)Antisocial personality disorder is a serious mental health condition which affects an estimated 1-4% of the population. UK Statistics indicate that over 90% of ASPD diagnoses are given to men. See Statistics.People with ASPD can appear to others as if they just don’t care about anybody or anything but themselves. They are frequently distrustful of authority figures and often find themselves in trouble with the law.Because of their destructive behaviors, people with ASPD are sometimes viewed by others with judgment and without empathy. Their families, especially their parents, often come under criticism. It is important to understand that there is a distinct neurological basis for personality disorders and that the behaviors of those who suffer from them, while often destructive, cannot be adequately explained purely on moral or ethical grounds.A convincing academy award-winning portrayal of a young woman suffering from ASPD was given by Angelina Jolie who played the role of Lisa Rowe in the 1999 movie Girl, Interrupted.Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) – The DSM CriteriaAntisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM) as a Cluster B (dramatic, emotional, or erratic) Personality Disorder:A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15, as indicated by three (or more) of the following: 1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest 2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure 3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead 4. Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults 5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others 6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain steady work or honor financial obligations 7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from anotherThe manual lists the following additional necessary criteria: 1. The individual is at least 18 years of age. 2. There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years. 3. The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.ASPD Characteristics & TraitsThe following list is a collection of some of the more commonly observed behaviors and traits of those who suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD). Note that these are not intended to be used for diagnosis. Click on the links on each trait for much more information about a particular trait or behavior and some ideas for coping with each.Note that these traits are given as a guideline only and are not intended for diagnosis. People who suffer from ASPD are all unique and so each person will display a different subset of traits. Also, note that everyone displays “antisocial” behaviors from time to time. Therefore, if a person exhibits one or some of these traits, that does not necessarily qualify them for a diagnosis of ASPD. See the DSM Criteria on this page for diagnostic criteria.Acting Out – Acting Out behavior refers to a subset of personality disorder traits that are more outwardly-destructive than self-destructive.Anger – People who suffer from personality disorders often feel a sense of unresolved anger and a heightened or exaggerated perception that they have been wronged, invalidated, neglected or abused.Baiting – A provocative act used to solicit an angry, aggressive or emotional response from another individual.Belittling, Condescending and Patronizing – This kind of speech is a passive-aggressive approach to giving someone a verbal put-down while maintaining a facade of reasonableness or friendliness.Blaming – The practice of identifying a person or people responsible for creating a