Antisocial Disorder

Daniela Arevalo
Mrs. Jimenez
AP Psychology
April 5, 2014
Antisocial Personality Disorder
“Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others.” (“Antisocial Personality Disorder”). Antisocial personality disorder is mostly common with criminals. Antisocial personality disorder is a condition in which people show a common unconcern for the rights of others. People with this disorder tend to lie or steal and often fail to fulfill big responsibilities, like parenting and jobs. Antisocial personality disorder is the most reliably diagnosed condition among all the personality disorders, but still treatment efforts are very difficult. The term “sociopath” and “psychopath” are sometimes used to describe a person with this disorder. Researchers have used various terms to describe antisocial disorder including “moral insanity.” The symptoms of this disorder are considered to be the key elements of an antisocial personality have “evolved from a focus on the lack of emotional attachment in relationships with others to a greater focus on external behaviors, especially aggressive and impulsive behaviors.” (APA 1994). The principle for antisocial personality disorder includes a pattern in behavior that starts before age fifteen and includes at least three of the behaviors of: repeated criminal acts, deceitfulness, impulsiveness, repeated fights/assaults, disregard for the safety of others, irresponsibility, and lack of remorse. (Cooper).
The causes of antisocial personality disorder are unknown. Genetic factors and environmental factors, like child abuse, researchers think contribute to the development of this disorder. People with alcoholic parents or parents with the antisocial disorder have an increase in risk. This disorder is way more common in men than in women, and the condition is common among people who are in prison. During childhood,...