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Am I a sociopath if in court system as teen?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sociopath?

The diagnosis of sociopathy refers to the whole way you live, chiefly manifest by complete lack of respect or ability to understand and emphathize with another person.
A single incident in court does not imply this diagnosis. Sociopaths, because they don't respect the rights and property of others, do end up in court or juvenile hall a lot, but so do a lot of other teens who just make bad choices.

In brief: Sociopath?

The diagnosis of sociopathy refers to the whole way you live, chiefly manifest by complete lack of respect or ability to understand and emphathize with another person.
A single incident in court does not imply this diagnosis. Sociopaths, because they don't respect the rights and property of others, do end up in court or juvenile hall a lot, but so do a lot of other teens who just make bad choices.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

Sociopath has been replaced with the term antisocial personality disorder, which usually requires persistent types of sociopathic behavor after age 18.
Now if there was a lot of legal transgressions before 18 and continued problems sustaining relationships, hurting others, stealing, etc. The diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder would be a consideration.

In brief: Not always

Sociopath has been replaced with the term antisocial personality disorder, which usually requires persistent types of sociopathic behavor after age 18.
Now if there was a lot of legal transgressions before 18 and continued problems sustaining relationships, hurting others, stealing, etc. The diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder would be a consideration.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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