Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Ky Dorsey, M.D., Jeffrey Janofsky, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), as defined in the DSM-5, describes a "pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others. The disorder begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood"[1]. Antisocial personality disorder must be distinguished from general criminal behavior.
  • The behavior of the person tends to be impulsive and is often criminal.

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Last updated: October 22, 2014