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What Is Anti-Social Personality Disorder?

What Is Anti-Social Personality Disorder?

Aggressive behavior is a sign of anti-social personality disorder

Anti-social personality disorder (ASPD) is a medically recognized mental disorder characterized by a widespread and continuous pattern of disregarding the rights of others. San Diego residents that struggle with this condition typically display behavior that violates the rights of other people. ASPD also often causes people to engage in impulsive and aggressive behavior towards others. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth addition (DSM-IV-TR), people must exude at least three of the following conditions to be diagnosed with ASPD:

  • The inability to conform to the norms of the society, and constantly engaging in behavior that could lead to arrest
  • Intentionally deceiving others by lying or using pseudonyms to receive some sort of personal gain or pleasure
  • Failing to make proper plans for the future and generally behaving impulsively
  • Engaging in aggressive acts towards others, such as physical assaults and displaying irritable behavior
  • Disregarding all normal sense of the safety of oneself and others through reckless and dangerous behavior
  • Failing to display appropriate behavior at work and being irresponsible with finances
  • Being indifferent to the feelings of others, and having no sense of remorse or guilt over having mistreated other people

According to the DSM-IV-TR, San Diego residents must be at least 18 years old, have evidence of conduct problems before age 15 and show signs that the anti-social behavior does not happen during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode. The cause of ASPD is unknown, but many medical professionals believe that genetic and environmental factors both contribute to the disorder. San Diego residents may be born with a predisposition to anti-social behavior, thus being eventually diagnosed with it. Environmentally, children can be influenced to engage in anti-social behavior, especially if one or both parental figures displays that behavior. Child abuse can also lead to anti-social behaviors later in life.

The following issues may also contribute to ASPD:

  • Unbalanced hormones and low levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, can disrupt normal behavioral development
  • Neural development issues while in the fetus
  • Cultural influences
  • Traumatic head injuries

ASPD and drug addiction often co-occur, because San Diego residents with ASPD tend to engage in dangerous behaviors. People with ASPD often minimize the consequences of drug abuse and typically believe that the rules do not apply to them. In fact, many people diagnosed with ASPD are found to have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. People with  ASPD and substance abuse disorders often need specialized care at a Dual Diagnosis treatment center to experience recovery. Many treatment centers can help San Diego residents address these issues, so seek help to address both of your conditions at the same time.

Treatment for San Diego Residents with ASPD and Drug Addiction

If you or a San Diego loved one struggles with ASPD and drug addiction, then please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day to help you find a treatment program that will work for your unique needs. Experience a healthier life and call us today.