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Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

Common symptoms of antisocial personality disorder include:

  • Breaking the law repeatedly
  • Deceitfulness, repeated lying
  • Impulsivity (eg, failure to plan ahead)
  • Irritability and aggressiveness (eg, repeated physical fighting)
  • Disregard for safety of oneself or others
  • Irresponsibility (eg, regarding work, family, finances)
  • Lack of guilt over hurting others
  • Inability to feel sympathy or empathy for others
  • Lack of concern for consequences of actions/behavior
  • Inability to learn from experience, modify behavior based on past outcomes or predicted future outcomes
  • Bullying or cruelty to animals and/or other humans
  • Destruction of property

People with antisocial personality disorder often have substance abuse disorders and legal problems and sometimes have depression , anxiety disorders, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder .

Diagnosis

Diagnosis, usually made by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional, is based on symptoms and medical and mental health history. There are no laboratory tests to help diagnose this disorder. A complete psychiatric assessment is important to determine how severe the disorder is and whether there are any other contributing disorders, such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety disorders, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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