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Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Revealed....

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When a person refers to another individual as anti-social, they are generally suggesting that a person is quiet and that he or she enjoys being by themselves. In other words, they do not appear to enjoy social activities. While in many cases this may be true, Anti-Social Personality Disorder  is not referring to the above, but instead it is referring to a chronic mental illness. It is easy to get the meanings confused if you are unaware of this particular disorder. Anti-Social Personality Disorder is a mental illness upon which the individual has no regard for right or wrong. It is very common for a person with this particular illness to often become engaged in illegal behavior that eventually leads them behind bars. In addition, a person who has this disorder can be violent, liars, cheaters and are generally not able to behave or function in a work or educational environment. Many are also extremely cruel to animals. In order for this disorder to be present, these actions must be exhibited for a prolonged period of time. Depending on  the severity, this type of behavior can "sometimes" be known as Sociopathic Personality Disorder. 

The causes of Anti-Social Personality Disorder are unknown. Some medical experts believe that it could be a genetic linkage or a product of being abused as a child. Having an alcoholic parent increases these risks. This condition is commonly found with people who are in prison and affects more men than women. Anti-social personality disorder is diagnosed under psychological evaluation. During this time, the doctor will evaluate their current behavior, along with their past behavioral trends. In order to be diagnosed with this illness, the patient must have had  conduct disorder as a child. 

Sadly, there are very few effective treatments for this disorder. This is primarily because the first step to solving any personal problem is to recognize that you have a problem. A person with Anti-Social Personality Disorder often has an extremely difficult time distinguishing what is right from wrong. It is only when, in many cases, they reach the point of prison that they are diagnosed and receive therapy treatment. Since prison is a "negative" consequence of one's action, it is often at that point that an individual suffering from this chronic disorder "may" realize that there are consequences to their actions.

For additional treatment, some doctors may try to use medication, cognitive therapy, or hospitalization. Also, family, friends, and social workers are encouraged to participate in the healing process. If you are currently around a person that exhibits these characteristics, it may be beneficial for you to seek therapy for yourself to figure out a plan of action. 

SYMPTOMS OF ANTI-SOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Charming Behavior
  • Chronic Manipulator 
  • Constantly in Legal Trouble
  • Does Not Care About Their Personal Well Being or that of Others
  • Drug/Alcohol Abuse
  • Violent Tendencies                  
  • Often Lies, Steals and Cheats
  • Very Arrogant
  • Never has Remorse 

Anti-Social Personality Disorder


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