Antisocial Personality Disorder
Antisocial personality disorder isn’t the same as psychopathy or sociopathy (in spite being commonly referred to as such). APD is defined by an often long-term pattern of ignoring the privileges of other people, which often times lead to crossing lines and disrespecting said rights. It is usually something that begins in childhood or as a teenager, but continues into a person’s adult life (at which point treatment can prove to be incredibly difficult). The result of this is typically impairment in their social and working lifestyles.
Studies show that individuals suffering from APD tend to lack a sense of empathy (the capacity to recognize emotions of another), which leads them to be callous, skeptical, and derisive of other peoples’ feelings, rights, and suffering. This has led to a common misconception that those with APD try to seclude themselves from the world, which isn’t the case. The majority of the symptoms of APD are as follows:
• Failure to follow social standards, especially those of lawful behavior (repeatedly performing actions that can get you arrested).
• Repeated lying or conning others for profit or pleasure.
• Impulsivity or failing to plan ahead (i.e “living in the moment”).
• High levels of aggression and irritability.
• Complete disregard for the safety of themselves or others.
• High levels of irresponsibility which can take form in failure to maintain a job, or pay bills on time (or at all).
• A noticeable lack of remorse. This is usually manifested by being indifferent to having hurt or stolen from another; in some cases, they may even try to rationalize the action.
Studies also show that APD is 70% more prevalent in males than females. Still, whether they are male or female, the effects this disorder can have on one’s life is large and long-reaching. Unfortunately, there aren’t many treatments for this disorder outside of the basics.
The most common form of treatment for APD, along with...