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what is antisocial personality disorder? what are the causes?

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Dr. Kerry Ragain
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
See below: People with this condition show a long standing pattern of anti-social attitudes and behaviors, including some of these: 1) lack of guilt, remorse, and care towards others; 2) minimal consideration of social norms and rules; 3) few close relationships; 4) trouble dealing with frustration and anger; and 5) a tendency to blame others. Causes are usually genetics & environmental factors combined.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Antisocial: The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. Causes are both genetic and environmental.

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How can family members or loved ones deal with a borderline personality disorder?

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Be there. Be real.: Try to be consistent. Be supportive and empathic, but also remind the other of the reality of the situation.
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Is there a treatment for narcissitic personality disorders?

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Are personality disorders often similar?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Some are-some aren't: Dsm IV put 10 personality dx’s (pds) into three categories (reflecting similarities). A pd was defined as a long-term & pervasive pattern of disturbed behavior. The new dsm 5 formulation describes 6 pds (antisocial, avoidant, borderline, narcissistic, OCD & schizotypal) and requires a rating of five personality traits (negative affect, detachment, antagonism, disinhibition & psychoticism).
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What can cause antisocial personality disorder?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Big question and: not enough room to give a thoughtful reply. Here's a reference from someone who has a lot of thoughtful ideas: The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D. Shop around for the cheapest prices...

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