Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), or ‘sociopathy,’ is a mental disorder characterized by a lack of empathy for others, especially with regards to their personal rights. Considering symptoms of ASPD involve violent activity, awareness is key to helping those with this disorder and addiction seek dual diagnosis treatment.

Defining Antisocial Personality Disorder

Despite extensive research, mental health experts are still unable to determine the exact cause of antisocial personality. Typically, ASPD begins to develop in childhood. Children who habitually set fires or engage in animal cruelty demonstrate two common symptoms of the disorder.

Upon reaching adulthood, those suffering from ASPD will likely have developed a number of dangerous behavioral tendencies.

Defining ASPD

There are some major symptoms of antisocial personality disorder to be aware of, including some of the following:

  • Extreme lack of empathy
  • Willingness to manipulate
  • Willingness to deceive
  • Disregard for societal norms
  • Callous attitude toward others
  • Impulsive, reckless behavior
  • Patterns of risky behavior

Connecting the Dots

Despite not knowing exactly what causes ASPD, most experts agree substance abuse and ASPD are commonly seen together in dual diagnosis environments. One of the reasons it is important to identify ASPD is because this personality disorder is prone to disrupt recovery. Substance abuse can empower people with ASPD to engage in risky behaviors. Addressing this disorder and substance abuse requires help from trained professionals with skills and expertise. Dual diagnosis cases are by nature complex. Only programs with sufficient experience and resources are able to provide the unique care required by those battling ASPD and substance use disorder.

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