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What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Hostility is a symptom of antisocial personality disorder

Antisocial personality disorder is unfortunately one of the most common types of personality disorders that the general public can be afflicted with. Living with this disorder can be incredibly challenging for the individual, and it is often times even more frustrating for those around him or her. The symptoms of this disorder alone can do things such as cause rifts in relationships, impact an individual’s ability to be successful in a work setting, and more. Like most personality disorders, antisocial personality disorder is believed to be caused by either genetics or environment, or a combination of both.

Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Those with antisocial personality disorder will display a great deal of symptoms that will often alert others that they might be dealing with a mental health issue. Symptoms can rarely be covered up, as the longer the disorder goes untreated, the more obvious they become. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms of antisocial personality disorder include the following:

  • Habitual and consistent lying and/or deceitfulness
  • Inability to conform to what society deems right and wrong
  • Extreme charisma that is used for manipulative purposes
  • Feeling of superiority in comparison to others
  • Irritability, hostility and impulsive behavior
  • Trouble feeling remorseful when others are harmed
  • Displaying risk-taking behaviors
  • Difficulty learning from negative consequences related to poor behavior

These are just some of the many symptoms of antisocial personality disorder. These symptoms can begin displaying themselves when someone is in their childhood and teenage years, which can make it hard to diagnose, as some of these symptoms are commonly excused as typical childlike/teenage behavior.

In many cases, antisocial personality disorder can trigger the development of additional psychological issues, including addiction. Someone who has antisocial personality disorder is likely to experience problems with friends, family and significant others, as well as struggle with living a successful life free of hiccups. These issues tend to become so intense that individuals with antisocial personality disorder often turn to the use of drugs and/or alcohol to cope. Unfortunately, the use of substances such as these only exasperate the symptoms of this disorder, as well as encourage new ones to develop in response to the presence of chemicals in the body. The best and most effective way to prevent antisocial personality disorder from causing addiction is to get help at the first sign of trouble.

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