Antisocial Personality Disorder: Top Five Symptoms

Monday, 25 Oct 2010 04:05 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Antisocial personality disorders are a group of psychiatric disorders that can be difficult to diagnose and differentiate from ordinary juvenile behavior. The American Psychiatric Association defines Antisocial Personality Disorder as a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others, and their subsequent violation. But, antisocial personality disorder criteria are not limited to this definition. Further, antisocial personality disorder generally begins in childhood or in early adolescence and continues into adulthood.

The disorder can be classified into three groups, and yet further into three subcategories within each group. Please consult with a psychiatrist to better understand antisocial personality disorder symptoms and diagnosis. At present, the following antisocial personality disorder criteria are used to confirm the underlying disorder:

1. Difficulty conforming to social norms and following lawful behavior. The person may engage in repeated acts of unlawful deeds that are sufficient grounds for arrest.
 
2. Impulsive and repeated lying, irrespective of the underlying cause, and use of frequent aliases without reason. The aliases are often combined with violent behavior and cheating.

3. Intense anger and failure to plan ahead, with repeated aggressive attitude toward simple actions and mistakes.

4. Continual irresponsibility and no guilt for wrongdoing.  
 
5. Disregard for personal safety, or the safety of accompanying people.
 
Please note that the signs of antisocial personality disorder are slightly different from patient to patient.
 
Antisocial personality disorder causes vary. Several researchers have attributed APD to genetic disorders. Even with a strong genetic component, not every child of an antisocial parent will show similar symptoms. This shows that antisocial personality disorders are a combination of genetic, social, environmental, and even relationship factors. Various other factors that might have influenced the life of the patient are also thought to contribute to the condition. A history of sexual or physical abuse, deprivation or abandonment, and neglect are also counted as a major cause of antisocial personality disorder. This history can aggravate a latent genetic component.

The most common antisocial personality disorder tests include complete physical examination, lab tests (blood tests, urine tests, and blood pressure tests), alcohol checks, drug evaluations, and hormone tests. A full series of psychological tests is required to rule out APD, or to confirm the disease.

Most doctors will disagree on the severity and type of antisocial personality disorder you might have. The proper diagnosis of antisocial behavior is based on the patient’s symptoms and the doctor’s opinion.  

It’s not easy to treat the signs of antisocial personality disorder because there is no set treatment regimen. This syndrome may require long-term treatment. A few patients may even be recommended for hospitalization and residential treatment programs. But, every course of treatment will require patient cooperation to get the best results.  

© Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.

Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
 
 
Get me on Fast Features
Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved