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Antisocial Personality Disorder

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Description: Pervasive indifference toward other people’s rights and needs.

Teenagers with true antisocial personality disorder usually have exhibited this pattern of behavior from before the age of fifteen, although the diagnosis cannot be officially made until age eighteen. Without professional help and a supportive family, they may grow up to become immature, irresponsible adults with an alarming lack of conscience.

Signs of Antisocial Personality Disorder

  • Irritability and aggressiveness

  • Frequent fighting

  • Lying, cheating and other deceitful behavior

  • Impulsivity

  • Reckless disregard for personal safety or the safety of others

  • Lack of remorse for hurtful acts

  • Failure to apply oneself in school

  • History of truancy, delinquency, vandalism, theft, unlawful acts

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