Antisocial personality is a type of chronic mental condition in which a person’s ways of thinking, perceiving situations and relating to others are dysfunctional and destructive. Someone with antisocial personality disorder will typically be manipulative, reckless and not care for other people’s feelings. People with antisocial personality disorder typically have no regard for right and wrong and often disregard the rights, wishes and feelings of others.
- Have difficulty sustaining long-term relationships
- Not be able to control their anger
- Break the law repeatedly
- Not show guilt or remorse
- Often be angry or arrogant
- Being irritable and aggressive
- Disregard the safety of self and others
People with antisocial personality disorder typically have no regard for right and wrong and often disregard the rights, wishes and feelings of others. Someone with antisocial personality disorder will typically have an antisocial or alcoholic parent, and will have grown up with harsh, inconsistent parenting.
This behaviour becomes most extreme and challenging during the late teens and early 20s, and may improve by the time the person reaches their 40s. It is very difficult to treat. A mental health provider can question individuals who are over 18 years about past and current behaviors. This will help detect signs and symptoms that could support a diagnosis of ASPD. The main treatment is psychotherapy, which involves talking to a trained therapist about feelings that the person has about themself and other people, particularly family and those close to them.