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Antisocial personality disorder

  • Alternative Names

    Sociopathic personality; Sociopathy; Personality disorder - antisocial


    Antisocial personality disorder is one of the most difficult personality disorders to treat. People with this condition rarely seek treatment on their own. They may only start therapy when required to by a court.

    The effectiveness of treatment for antisocial personality disorder is not known. Treatments that show the person the negative consequences of illegal behavior seem to hold the most promise.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    Symptoms tend to peak during the late teenage years and early 20s. They sometimes improve on their own by a person's 40s.


    Complications can include imprisonment, drug abuse, violence, and suicide.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with a mental health professional if:

    • You have symptoms of antisocial personality disorder
    • Your child shows behaviors of this disorder