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What is Antisocial Personality Disorder? ASPD Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

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Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is characterized by a pattern of disregard for the rights of others that leads to deceitfulness, impulsivity, and remorselessness.

Individuals with ASPD are also likely to commit unlawful and potentially violent acts.ASPD affects about 1% to 4% of the population, and it is one of four Cluster B personality disorders, which include borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and histrionic personality disorder1.ASPD may be diagnosed only after age 18, but the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) stipulates that symptoms must have occurred since age 15, with evidence of conduct disorder (CD) with onset before age 15.

At least three of the following symptoms must be apparent to merit an ASPD diagnosis:Though the DSM-5 symptoms above are used to diagnose ASPD, the following associated features may help clinicians support a diagnosis.

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