Antisocial Personality Disorder
Antisocial personality disorder is a difficult one to treat. It occurs when an individual develops long-term patterns of violating the rights of others, manipulating individuals, or exploiting others without feeling remorse. Patients often have problems in their work and familial relationships. The cause is unknown. However, genetics and early childhood experiences may play a role. Individuals with an alcoholic or antisocial parent seem to have a higher risk of developing this condition. In addition, men are more likely to develop this condition than women. Animal cruelty and arson in childhood are often signs of a developing antisocial personality.
Some researchers believe this condition and psychopathy are the same. Individuals with antisocial personality disorder may be charming, witty, and good at flattery. They may also show little regard for the law, their own safety, the safety of others, and the autonomy of others. They may lie and get into fights often. Patients with this condition do not feel or show remorse or guilt for their actions.
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