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Diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy

Antisocial Personality Disorder is diagnosed based on a clinical assessment performed by a mental health professional.  This assessment includes an interview with the patient, a review of any previous medical or criminal records, and can also include an interview with the patient's family members or close friends.  The goal of this assessment is to determine whether the patient meets the clinical criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder based on the information obtained. 

Psychopathy is diagnosed using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), which is a semi-structured interview that can only be performed by a mental health professional who has been properly trained in its administration. The goal of this interview is to determine whether an individual has the various characteristics of Psychopathy.


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