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Antisocial personality disorder
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Antisocial personality disorder is the name given to a condition that affects a person's thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Antisocial means behaving in a way that is disruptive to, and may be harmful to, other people.
The symptoms of antisocial personality disorder may include:
behaving unlawfully, leading to repeatedly being arrested and convicted (this is sometimes called offending behaviour)
behaving angrily and aggressively
feeling agitated or depressed a lot of the time, and easily bored
being impulsive (doing something without thinking of the consequences)
behaving irresponsibly and exploiting or manipulating other people
not caring about the safety and feelings of other people
not feeling remorse when causing harm to others.
Not everyone with antisocial personality disorder will have all these symptoms.
People with antisocial personality disorder come from different backgrounds, but many have been brought up in a home where there was domestic abuse and violence, and other serious difficulties.
Some people with antisocial personality disorder may also have other conditions such as depression, anxiety, and problems with drugs and alcohol (see 'Can I receive treatments for other conditions?').