How To Recognize Someone With Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by a person in adulthood lacking in empathy and unable to show remorse. In everyday life and pop culture, the terms “psychopath” and “sociopath” are often used to refer to someone with APD, but these are not used in the clinical setting.

1. Know the requirements for a clinical diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. In order to be diagnosed with APD, a person must exhibit at least three of the antisocial behaviors classified in the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual).The DSM is the official compilation of all mental illnesses and their symptoms, and is used by psychologists to determine a diagnosis.

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