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1 ERIC NI DREW PLAISANCE Anti-Social Personality Disorder

2 Background Antisocial personality disorder is a disorder where a person shows a lack of conscience toward wrongs. It typically happens in a male and manifests before age 15. The victim can display violent behavior and sexual aggression.

3 Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms  Violent and aggressive  Sexually abusive  Irresponsible  Easily agitated  Driven by impulse Actions  Breaking laws  Lies, steals, or engages in fights with others  Shows almost complete disregard for others  Does not show any guilt.

4 Etiology Environmental influences  Traumatic childhood resulting from a catastrophe or negative event  Lack of friendships or social behavior as a child  Repetitive antisocial behavior Genetic factors  Inherited traits from shy or angry parents  Inherited Personality

5 Diagnosis Subjects go through a series of tests in order to be diagnosed. They go through:  Physical Measurements- tests the patient for irregularities in physical measures such as blood pressure or heart rate.  Laboratory Tests- screening for alcohol, drugs, and any other harmful substances in one’s blood.  Psychological Evaluation- examines behaviors and thoughts

6 Comorbidity with other disorders Antisocial personality can also be identified with the traits of many other disorders. Some of the order disorders include:  Depression  Anxiety  Suicidal behavior  Pathological Gambling  Somatization Disorder

7 Treatment Treatment for the disease is extremely difficult, because there is no definite correct method. Patients with the disorder usually deny having symptoms, and are quite difficult to deal with. The main methods of treatment are: psychotherapy, stress/anger management, medication, and hospitalization 1. Psychotherapy  The process of consulting with a mental health specialist in order to identify and understand the problems.

8 Treatment (cont.) 2. Anger and Stress Management  The process of receiving counseling and advice in order to learn how to cope more efficiently with anger and stress. 3. Medication  Mood stabilizing drugs, neuroleptics (anti-psychotic), anti- depressant medication, and anti-anxiety drugs can all help alleviate the victim’s emotional instability. 4. Hospitalization  In sever cases, patients may no longer be able to take care of themselves and must be hospitalized.  They will be under the care of physicians and nurses in order to prevent them from causing further harm to others and themselves.

9 Statistics Out of 43,000 sample size, scientists from NIH have found that 14.6% of survey takers qualify for a psychological disorder. Out of the 14.6% that qualified, 3.6% qualify for antisocial personality disorder, the third most prevalent psychological disorder.

10 Prognosis The disorder typically applies to those who have problems conforming to society. As a result, they show more tendency to commit crime and are often imprisoned. The perception and insight of the diseased also tend to be strongly pessimistic and angry. They typically regard the world as having problems, and as a result are always angry.

11 Famous People Charles Manson  Serial Killer, convicted of murders through joint responsibility rules (by association) Theodore (Ted) Robert Bundy  Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer  American serial killer and sex offender

12 Works Cited Antisocial Personality Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved November 2010, 18, from Internet Mental Health: Antisocial Personality Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved November 17, 2010, from Google Health: Bender, E. (2004, September 3). Personality Disorder Prevalence Surprises Researchers. Retrieved November 18, 2010, from Psychiatric News: Heffner, C. L. (2004, May 14). Psychiatric Disorders: Antisocial Personality Disorder. Retrieved November 17, 2010, from AllPsych Online: Myers, D. G. (2007). Psychology. Holland: Worth Publishers. Staff, M. C. (2010, October 8). Antisocial Personality Disorder. Retrieved November 17, 2010, from :

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