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Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture There is a marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules Individuals with this disorder are sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths The violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years as indicated by three or more of the following such as failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest deceitfulness as indicated by repeated lying use of aliases or conning others for personal profit or pleasure Also impulsivity or failure to plan ahead and irritability and aggressiveness as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults In addition reckless disregard for safety of self or others consistent irresponsibility as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations and lack of remorse as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt mistreated or stolen from another The individual is at least 18 years there is evidence of Conduct Disorder with onset before age 15 years and the occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia or a Manic EpisodeAntisocial personality disorder is often misunderstood by both professionals and laypeople It is confused with the popular terms sociopath or psychopath someone who suffers from this disorder can be discriminated against within the mental health system because of the symptoms of their disorder Because there is usually a pervasive lack of remorse and many time any feelings at all they are assumed not to have any real feelings by many professionals This can lead to difficulties within treatment Psychotherapy is almost always the treatment of choice for this disorder Medications may be used to help stabilize mood swings or specific and acute Axis I concurrent diagnoses There is no research that supports the use of medications for direct
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