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Antisocial personality disorder

Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting or violating the rights of others. While the cause of antisocial personality disorder is unknown, genetic factors and environmental factors such as child abuse have been found to play a role. People with an antisocial or alcoholic parent are also at an increased risk, and more men than women are affected. To be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, a person must have had conduct disorder during childhood. Symptoms can include a disregard for the safety of self and others, lack of guilt or remorse and frequent lying, stealing and fighting. Antisocial personality disorder is difficult to treat, as patients rarely seek help, however both behavioral treatments and talk therapy have been found effective.

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