Antisocial Personality Disorder and its Potential Dangers Essay

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Antisocial Personality Disorder is a personality disorder that is both easily diagnosed and can be potentially dangerous depending on severity. It is a disorder in which the person with the disorder does not feel empathy and can have the ability to manipulate others (Long, Philip W, 2011). Is this disorder treatable? Can it be diagnosed in children? What are the symptoms of this disorder? What are the dangers of this disorder? What causes one to develop this disorder? These are a few questions that I hope to address in this paper.

What is antisocial personality disorder? It is a disorder in which a person feels no empathy and does not have a sense of what is right or wrong (Long, Phillip W, 2011). Some of the symptoms of this disorder
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It seems as though diagnosis comes from both interviews of the individual and the history of the individual. There is also a check list used when diagnosing this disorder known as the PCL-R that was created by Robert D Hare in 1991(Long, Phillip W, 2010). On this checklist there is a score given ranging from 0 to 20, and this tells a psychologist or psychiatrist the severity of the disorder in the individual (Meloy, J Reid, 2007). On this scale the range of 0-2 generally means a person does not have antisocial personality disorder, but the range of 10-19 indicates the disorder in a mild form, the range of 20-29 indicates the moderate form of psychopathy, and the score of 30 indicates the individual has sever psychopathy (Meloy, J Reid, 2007). What are the statistics of those diagnosed?

Some of the statistics are fairly interesting. About 80 to 85% of those who are incarcerated have antisocial personality disorder and 20% of those are considered to be psychopaths or sociopaths, and not all those who have antisocial personality disorder are sociopaths (Long, Phillip W, 2011). Also it is believed that 3.6% of the US adult population, which equates to about 7.6 million people, have antisocial personality disorder (Health Tree, 2010). This is also a condition that seems to affect men more than women (Health Tree, 2010). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, only 46.1% of those with the disorder receive some form of treatment (NIMH, 2010). Also 50% of