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What are typical presenting symptoms of antisocial personality disorder?

When appearing in front of a counsellor what presenting symptoms will appear in a male who suffers antisocial personality disorder?

Common characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder include:

Persistent lying or stealing
Recurring difficulties with the law
Tendency to violate the rights of others (property, physical, sexual, emotional, legal)
Aggressive, often violent behavior; prone to getting involved in fights
Inability to keep a job
A persistent agitated or depressed feeling (dysphoria)
Inability to tolerate boredom
Disregard for the safety of self or others
A childhood diagnosis of conduct disorders
Lack of remorse for hurting others
Possessing a superficial charm or wit
A sense of extreme entitlement
Inability to make or keep friends

The intensity of symptoms tends to peak during the teenage years and early 20s and then may decrease over time. It's not clear whether this is a result of aging or an increased awareness of the consequences of reckless behavior. However, though a person with antisocial personality disorder might be less likely to commit crimes later in life, that person may continue to be an inadequate spouse or parent and an unreliable employee.

Antisocial personality disorders are considered one of the most difficult of all personality disorders to treat. People who suffer from the condition rarely seek treatment on their own and may only seek therapy when directed by a court. They may abuse or neglect to take any prescribed medications. In general, there has been little success in treating people with antisocial personality disorder, but there are approaches that may help alleviate symptoms:

Medications. People with antisocial personality disorder often suffer from associative conditions such as anxiety, depression, other mood disorders and substance abuse. Doctors may prescribe antidepressant or antipsychotic medications to help alleviate these conditions. Unfortunately, many people with antisocial personality disorder don't take their medications as prescribed.

Psychotherapy. This therapy can help people with antisocial personality disorder develop appropriate interpersonal skills and instill a moral code. A critical part of this therapy is developing and maintaining a strong therapist-patient relationship. This can be challenging, as the person is often angry, emotionally unstable, interpersonally inappropriate and prone to impulsive behavior. In some cases, doctors suggest group and family therapy when individual therapy has not been successful.

In some cases, where there's a risk of self-harm or harm to others, people with antisocial personality disorder may need hospitalization and supervision at all times.  (+ info)

Who are the famous people that have antisocial personality disorder?

Please tell me famous people that have antisocial personality disorder, and give support to your answer, thank you.

I think Hitler (killings and ..........)

Since antisocial personalities are marked by a longstanding of irresponsible or unlawful behaviors that violates social norms; lying, stealing, and fighting (abusiveness) are their common behaviors. Persons with antisocial personality’s disorder often do not experience shame or remorse for their hurtful actions. Their actions are marked by indifference to the rights of others. So I would say there are probably a lot of the rich and/or famous persons that just weren’t or haven’t been professionally diagnosed.

Our world culture seems to allow for some level of anti-social personality disorder. Few people did come to mind Ken Lay…OJay Simpson…Napoleon and Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Christie andJohn Wayne Gacy , Charles Sobhraj, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Berkowitz ,Fred West. were well-known examples of the antisocial personality.

Fictional sociopaths; Uchiha Itachi (Naruto, "Itachi the Killer"), Eric Cartman (South Park), Hannibal Lecter (Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal), Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange), Kazuo Kiriyama (Battle Royale), Mickey and Mallory Knox (Natural Born Killers), Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), Z預equeno (Cidade de Deus)
Begbie (Trainspotting), "The Caller" (Phone Booth), Kevin (Sin City)
Frederick Clegg (The Collector), Aaron Stampler (Primal Fear), Charles Anthony Bruno (Strangers on a Train), Rhoda Penmark (The Bad Seed), Chad (In the Company of Men)
Don Logan (Sexy Beast) , Mr. Gone (The Maxx)
The Punisher/Frank Castle (Some versions) (Marvel Comics), Lieutenant Loren Singer (JAG), Tom Ripley (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Jason Dean (Heathers) ,Hud Bannon (Hud), Bridget Gregory (The Last Seduction), Annie Wilkes (Stephen King's Misery)
Catherine Tramell (Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct) , Kane (WWE), Achilles de Flandres (Ender's Shadow), Foolkiller (Marvel Comics), Lisa (Girl%2C_Interrupted)
were well-known examples of the fictional antisocial personality.

A few CEO’s would almost have to be in our modern day business culture. Do we need to mention politics…? Bill…Nixon….Music industry’s gangsters…who shoot each other…?
glad to do your research for you....hope you get a good grade....paper?...wink  (+ info)

Is Antisocial Personality Disorder a mental illness?

My psychologist finished her assessment of me this morning and said that although it's hard to diagnose Antisocial Personality Disorder in someone with Autism, it's highly likely that I have it.

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Anyone know of an information site on Antisocial/Dissocial Personality Disorder?

I know what the disorder is, and I've read the write-up entitled "Understanding Primary Personality Disorder" by Stuart Sorensen (includes overview from the reference book: ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders) so I'm not looking for that info.

I'd like to find more information on the causes, notable research, advancements in treatment, etc.

I'm also after some write-ups about past cases, and possibly even articles written by those who were treated for the disorder.

I know there's a lot of sites out there dedicated to various disorders, so I figure it's worth a shot to see if anyone out there knows of one for this :] Thanks all.

Try www.freepowerboards.com/thenook  (+ info)

Any books or self help stuff to do with Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Are there any good memoirs, self help books, or help anything to do with this disorder that the people on it are not a bunch of mean, biased turds that say antisocial are all incapable of loving, manipulative, murdering rapists but actual genuine ones that are trying to help?

Unfortunately, you're not going to find much published dealing with antisocial personality disorder in a positive or even particularly neutral light. This is primarily because such texts don't sell, and because most individuals with antisocial personality disorder are very resistant to treatment. That said, some texts are commercially available with the intent of helping clinicians work with individuals with antisocial personality disorder. The most easily accessed of these is this:

Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Practitioner's Guide to Comparative Treatments , by Michael Maniacci.

Beyond that, consider looking for journal articles about the disorder.  (+ info)

What are symptoms of antisocial personality disorder?

I have a friend who may or may not have this disorder. Just hoping somebody might help me research it. Thanks in advance.

Antisocial, or Dissocial;

-don't care about the feelings of others
-are easily frustrated
-tend to be aggressive
-commit crimes
-find it difficult to make intimate relationships
-impulsive - do things on the spur of the moment without thinking about them
-don’t feel guilty
-don’t learn from unpleasant experiences

Thanks for doing this for your friend. I wish any of my 'friends' were like you..  (+ info)

Where can I find information regarding the neurological basis of Antisocial Personality Disorder?

In basic internet searches, all I seem to find on the topic of ASPD/Sociopathy/Psychopathy are scare pages giving markers for and advising avoidance of people with this disorder. I am not interested in pop psychology and would like to know if anyone has a link or two to some information on this disorder as it relates the the structure and development of the brain (the more in depth the better). Thanks in advance!

Antisocial personality disorder is sometimes known as sociopathic personality disorder. It's also sometimes referred to as psychopathy. But some researchers believe that antisocial personality disorder and psychopathic personality are different conditions.

Does antisocial personality disorder have a neurological basis and can it be treated?

Take care as always!  (+ info)

What are the medications for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

I feel that I have this disorder and was wondering if they have any drugs for it or if I'll have to end up crying on a strangers sholder in an odd social group?

There are no particular drugs for this disorder because it is a personality disorder and those aren't typically treated with drugs but rather with therapy. However, sometimes doctors will prescribe drugs that are used for depression and bipolar disorder for anti-social personality disorder.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Psychopathy?

I would prefer a CLEAR difference between the two, please! I get confused on what the difference is.

APD is a mixture of many antisocial conditions- usually caused by the environment, but it does psychopaths are counted as APD (wrongly according to Robert Hare pHD).

Psychopaths are not officially recognised as a disorder now. But they DEFINITELY exist- they are genetically and biologically made as consciousless people with very different brain structures, who WILL cause pain, normally with initial charm.

APD is people acting badly, normally regetting it and caused by society.
Psychos act badly, know no other way and don't care, and could never be any different.  (+ info)

Is someone with antisocial personality disorder technically considered a sociopath?

I need this for a psychology project and it must be accurate, so anyone who knows the answer for sure please reply.

They are, or at least according to wikipedia. It says that it's a loose term used to describe both Antisocial personality disorder and Dissocial personality disorder.  (+ info)

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