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How is antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) diagnosed?

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To be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), a person would have to have shown symptoms before age 15. A diagnosis can’t be made until age 18, though. Symptoms are usually at their worst during a person’s late teenage years and in their 20s, but may improve on their own over time.

The disorder is hard to treat. People with ASPD rarely seek help on their own, because they often think they don’t need it.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "Antisocial Personality Disorder: Treatment, Management and Prevention."

Lenzenweger, MF. Biological Psychiatry, September 2007.

Ogloff, JR. Psychiatry, June-July 2006.

Fazel, S. The Lancet, February 2002.

Glenn, AL. The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience, Oxford University Press, 2011

Mayo Clinic: “Antisocial personality disorder.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 9, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "Antisocial Personality Disorder: Treatment, Management and Prevention."

Lenzenweger, MF. Biological Psychiatry, September 2007.

Ogloff, JR. Psychiatry, June-July 2006.

Fazel, S. The Lancet, February 2002.

Glenn, AL. The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience, Oxford University Press, 2011

Mayo Clinic: “Antisocial personality disorder.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 9, 2020

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