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Definition and Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder is a type of character style that becomes apparent by age 15 at the latest, and represents a pervasive and stable pattern of disregarding and violating the rights of others. In particular, this personality disorder is defined by three or more of the following symptoms:

  • Repeatedly performs acts that are grounds for arrest
  • Acts in deceitful ways, such as lying repeatedly, using false names, and conning others
  • Acts impulsively (that is, engages in risky and dangerous acts without caring about the consequences) and fails to plan ahead
  • Is often irritable and aggressive, and often physically fights or assaults others
  • Acts recklessly and tends to disregard the safety of oneself and others
  • Is constantly irresponsible, and repeatedly fails to meet work obligations or honor financial obligations
  • Lacks remorse, and seems indifferent or all right with hurting, mistreating or stealing from others.

This diagnosis can only be made after age 18, and the individual must also have had Conduct Disorder that began before age 15. Also, the above symptoms should not be counted if they occur only during the course of Schizophrenia or a Manic Episode.


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