Antisocial Personality Disorder is a condition that often goes undiagnosed, mainly because sufferers do not seek treatment. It can severely impact on a person’s life, and on those around them. It is a chronic disorder. Those who suffer from this condition have no real conception of what is right, and what is wrong. They have a total disregard for the feelings and the rights of others, and quite often cross the line by violating those rights. They have no empathy, can be callous and are often arrogant and egotistical.
Signs and symptoms of this disorder vary. They can include the inability to conform, deceitfulness and aggressive behaviour. Sufferers also recklessly disregard their own, and others safety. It has been linked to unhealthy sexual behaviour, homicidal tendencies and to child abuse. When committing wrongful acts they feel indifferent, they have no feelings. They feel no guilt or remorse
The cause of this condition is not known, however possible theories are that it is linked to the combined factor of an inherited personality, along with the family environment they are raised in. Family genes can make them vulnerable to developing the disorder, and thereafter conditions in their home life could trigger it.
Antisocial Personality Disorder can be dangerous and lead the sufferer into reckless, dangerous and illegal situations. It can also cause episodes of violent and erratic behaviour. This can all severely impact on the sufferers’ life, as well as the lives of their family.