How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

Different things. They are different things, but it is possible to have both. Both personality disorders may be characterized by recklessness, impulsivity, and manipulativeness. The causes are different, but some behaviors may superficially look the same. Borderline personality can be treated. True psychopathic or sociopathic personality is unlikely to respond to treatment.

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Could I have borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder?

Borderline-antisocia. Yes you can have both - typically there are very similar qualities in both disorders. The primary difference that with antisocial there is a disregard for others and social norms and often criminal behavior. Borderline fears abandonment, whereas antisocial does not typically have that characteristic. Read more...
Personality disorder. There is that possibility. Best thing to do is have a consultation visit with a psychiatrist for more education and treatment options, if you wish to follow through with this. Read more...

Can someone with borderline personality disorder also have antisocial personality disorder?

Yes. These two personality disorders actually have some similarities and fall under the same group called cluster b personality disorders. Read more...
Traits. You may not have a diagnosable personality disorder. You can, however, exhibit traits from one or more personality disorders even if full criteria is not met for a diagnosis. You may also have a concurrent mental illness and a personality disorder. Many possibilities, only your psychologist or psychiatrist can positively diagnose you. Read more...

Is it possibly someone with antisocial personality disorder also suffer from borderline personality disorder?

Not really. They are very different. Antisocial people don't really care for others, use people for their own means, do not have sincere emotions. In Borderline personality, people actually might care too much and don't know what to do with their feelings (so will react very extreme to a breakup or with friends). It might appear to overlap (both can have problems with anger), but they are different. Read more...

How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and antisocial personality disorder?

Statistics. Estimates regarding the prevalence of borderline personality disorder (bpd) in the general population have suggested a 1 – 2% rate of lifetime occurrence (apa, 2000). The nmih cites that the prevalence of bipolar in adults in the us is 2.6% and antisocial personality disorder to be at 1%. If you have concerns about any or all of these, seek help. Doctors are trained to help and not judge. Best. Read more...
Complicated. There is high "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders (pds) so it is common for someone to get diagnosed with more than one pd. Bipolar is complicated... Many patients with borderline pd get misdiagnosed as "bipolar ii" by psychiatrists who do not really understand pds. On the other hand, if a person has bipolar disorder, they may be at increased risk of developing a pd as well. Read more...
Diagnosis. This is quite unlikely. Also, any of these diagnoses should be made by a seasoned psychiatrist, as these diagnoses are incredibly serious and can have some overlap. Read more...

How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?

Not very common. There can be instances of borderline personality disorder with bipolar disorder but the delineation of the episodes of bbipolar disorder can be masked by borderline personality disorder. Read more...
Co-occurence common. The "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders is high, so if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for *any* personality disorder (pd), they are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for as many as four to six pds. This reflects (in part) a limitation of dsm-iv/5 (the psychiatric diagnostic manual). Bipolar mood disorder is a different animal, but can co-exist with a pd. Read more...

Where does antisocial personality disorder come from?

We don't know, But both genetics and environment seem to be involved. Read more...
Antisocial. Personality disorders are inherent in the person, shaped by earlier experiences & manifested following stressors. For antisocial, there is usually chaotic family upbringing with violence & early history of conduct disorder issues, then substance abuse & antisocial acts as they mature. Read more...

Can you tell me about adult antisocial personality disorder?

It can be dangerous. This is a personality characterized by attitudes that are not merely disinterested in the well being of others, but actually interested in opposing that. They can, therefore, do intentionally cruel or damaging things. Neither sympathy nor compassion will prevent them and depending on other things, even laws might not make them stop. Life is risky for others near them and for themselves. Read more...
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. Read more...

What symptoms usually go along with antisocial personality disorder?

Lack of empathy. Remember that any personality disorder must be a pervasive, enduring pattern of behavior. For aspd the core deficits include a lack of empathy or regard for others. Lying, stealing, "conning" or "scamming" others, reckless disregard for the safety of others, aggressive, irritable, impulsive, may have legal problems. Read more...

Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Legal Question. This is a legal, not a medical question. In most instances diagnosis is less important than behaviors. Usually if the person is a responsible and caring parent they will be considered for custody. For a more certain answer you should consult a family practice attorney in your legal jurisdiction. Read more...