Antisocial personality disorder – NHS Choices

Antisocial personality disorder – NHS Choices

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An interesting article and additional material from the NHS.

Abstract:

Introduction

Personality disorders are mental health conditions that affect how someone thinks, perceives, feels or relates to others.

Antisocial personality disorder is a particularly challenging type of personality disorder, characterised by impulsive, irresponsible and often criminal behaviour.

Someone with antisocial personality disorder will typically be manipulative, deceitful and reckless, and won’t care for other people’s feelings.

Like other types of personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder is on a spectrum, which means it can range in severity from occasional bad behaviour to repeatedly breaking the law and committing serious crimes. Psychopaths are considered to have a severe form of antisocial personality disorder.

Signs of antisocial personality disorder

A person with antisocial personality disorder may:

  • exploit, manipulate or violate the rights of others
  • lack concern, regret or remorse about other people’s distress
  • behave irresponsibly and show disregard for normal social behaviour
  • have difficulty sustaining long-term relationships
  • be unable to control their anger
  • lack guilt, or not learn from their mistakes
  • blame others for problems in their lives
  • repeatedly break the law

A person with antisocial personality disorder will have a history of conduct disorder during childhood, such as truancy (not going to school), delinquency – for example, committing crimes or substance misuse – and other disruptive and aggressive behaviours.

Find out what antisocial personality disorder is, what the signs are, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.

Source: Antisocial personality disorder – NHS Choices

 

Additional Material:

PDF Document availeble here: NHS Treatment Guidline for ASPD and other personality disorders.

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