Antisocial Personality Disorder: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Antisocial personality disorder is a condition in which an adult has an enduring pattern of disregarding and violating the rights of others. To assign the diagnosis, a person must have the symptoms since the age of 15 years.

Signs and symptoms of antisocial personality disorder include breaking laws, disregard for rules, deceitfulness, hostility, anger, irresponsibility, manipulativeness, and risk-taking behaviors. Other associated symptoms include aggression, impulsivity, irritability, lack of restraint, boredom, and general discontent. Substance abuse disorders and their associated symptoms are frequent in people with antisocial personality disorder.

Cause of antisocial personality disorder

The exact cause of antisocial personality disorder is not understood, but it results from a combination of biologic, genetic, and environmental factors.

Other antisocial personality disorder symptoms and signs

  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Boredom
  • Breaking Laws
  • Deceitfulness
  • Disregard for Rules
  • Hostility
  • Impulsivity
  • Irresponsibility
  • Irritability
  • Lack of Restraint
  • Manipulativeness
  • Risky Behaviors
  • Substance Abuse


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