What is Antisocial Personality Disorder? How long has it been around? Is it even a big deal? Who does it affect? Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is a complex personality disorder that affects many people in the world. ASPD affects a lot of the prison population and we just see these people as “crazy” and not as having a disorder. We need to be informed. People should know what Antisocial Personality Disorder really is and know that it is a real problem. It is a disorder, a personality disorder. Diagnosing ASPD can be a bit difficult and treating this disorder can be even harder if at all possible. But there is hope and with more research comes more hope.
Personality disorders are medically defined as long-term, pervasive, inflexible pattern of thoughts and behaviors that are not well adapted or do not fit within the range of behavior considered normal. (Sutton, 2009) Antisocial personality disorder can be found in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR). It is located in Axis II, which includes personality disorders and mental retardation. The DSM lists ten personality disorders, grouped into three main clusters in Axis II. Antisocial personality disorder is apart of Cluster B. This cluster includes all “dramatic” personality disorders like borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder and lastly antisocial personality disorder. (American Psychiatric Association [DSM-IV-TR], 2000)
Antisocial behavior has been defined as behavior that is antagonistic, hostile, unfriendly, irresponsible and opposed to the principles on which society is based, and that violates the personal or property rights of others or the rules developed by society to maintain group cohesiveness. (Wolman, 1996) Antisocial behavior is deviant and abnormal.
Antisocial Personality Disorder has been around for a very long time. Prichard called it “moral insanity” in the 1800s. The first use of...