Is a sociopath just a name for somebody with antisocial personality disorder?

Not quite the same. The antisocial person hs a pattern of ciminality, lack of conscious and is usually willing to hurt others to get their needs met. The only care about themselves and are adept at making everything everyone elses fault. That being said, they are not usually the serial killers. These are the sociopaths and they usually have an altered sense of reality and right and wrong, allowing them to kill.
Antisocial. The modern clinical term for sociopathy is antisocial personality disorder. 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.

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What are symptoms of "antisocial personality disorder"? Same as sociopath?

Basically Same. The term "sociopath" is a description have used with people who have antisocial personality disorder. The hallmark of this disorder is a lack of regard or empathy for other people. This type of person will tend to use others only for personal gain and will tend to be calculating and callous in dealing with others. Episodes of aggression are often seen as well. Read more...
Antisocial. The modern clinical term for sociopathy is antisocial personality disorder. 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...
Sociopath. Engaging in antisocial behaviors with no regards to safety of others, such as truancy, theft, criminal behaviors. Read more...

Which person would be more volatile: one with a sadistic personality disorder or a sociopath (antisocial personality disorder)?

Volatility. Sadistic personality, as a specified disorder had a short run. It is not in the current manual and not likely in the dsm v. Both psychopathy and sadism stem, in part, from preoccupations with self serving behaviors & low empathy/reciprocity. Volatility is associated with drug abuse, mania, impulsivity and in response to threats to something valued. Forced to choose - antisocial > sadistic. Read more...
Sociopath. Either of these can be emotionally volatile, or hardly at all. There is no one-size-fits-all distinction. To illustrate antisocial personality disorder, white collar criminals like Bernie Madoff are typically not violent at all, whereas serial killers like Ted Bundy are incredibly violent and volatile. Read more...

Could antisocial personality disorder (psychopaths/sociopaths) be tested on a scientific level?

Personality testing. by a clinical psychologist along w/his/her clinical interview can give you a clinical estimation of your situation based on statistics and your input. This will help to create a treatment plan to help you. Peace and good health. Read more...
Eval. The person needs to be evaluated by a psychologist who does testing, most notable the MMPI-2, which is the gold standard of personality testing in both clinical and forensic settings. The MMPI-2 will detect these kinds of personality features and many others, up to and including defensiveness or lying. Read more...

What to do if I do not understand antisocial personality disorder/sociopathy/psychopathy can someone explain it to me?

The conditions you. mention cannot be explained in a brief online response. Please see a mental health professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. They all relate to the way one sees others and treats/mistreats them. Peace and good health. Read more...
Antisocial. The modern clinical term for sociopathy is antisocial personality disorder. 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 are typical symptoms of somebody with antisocial personality disorder?

None really. Antisocial personality is a group of maladaptive behaviors and not really symptoms. A person will exhibit narcissism, tendency to violence, lack of morals, impulsivity and will not realize they have a problem because they are just reacting to how badly the world has treated them...They think. They will not see their behavior as maladaptive, rather they will think they are justified. 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...

I was just wondering how can you treat antisocial personality disorder?

Difficult to treat. Aspd is considered to be among the most difficult personality disorders to treat. Because of their very low or absent capacity for remorse, individuals with aspd often lack sufficient motivation and fail to see the costs associated with antisocial acts. They may only simulate remorse rather than truly commit to change. Treatment should focus on pragmatic issues rather than insight. Read more...
Not likely. The hallmark of antisocial personality disorder is for the person to have basically no conscience. No sense of right and wrong or social morals. This type of personality disorder is especially resistant to treatment. Read more...

What can cause antisocial personality disorder?

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... Read more...
Nature/nurture. There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as psychopathy/sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two. Read more...

I show symptoms of antisocial personality disorder.

See a therapist. diagnosis not easy. Many medications are very helpful. Read more...
Evaluation. Typically, a chronic history of repetitive behavioral problems beginning in your childhood or early adolescence is what helps diagnose this disorder.Thorough medical and psychological exams should be done to come to the final diagnosis of this disorder. I highly encourage you to seek out assistance from your primary care doctor who can do an intial exam and testing and steer you on the right path. 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, as well as being at an extremely high risk for criminal behavior and trying to outsmart/pervert the system. An example of this would be Charles Manson. Read more...
Sociopath. Engaging in antisocial behaviors with no regards to safety of others, such as truancy, theft, criminal behaviors. Read more...
Is this a question? What do you want to know? What are the symptoms? What are the treatment options? What are the demographics? Please specify. Read more...
Personality Problem. If you are concerned about your behavior then please get help. The fact that you are concerned might mean that your symptoms can be changed with professional help. It would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist. Medication might help in addition to Psychotherapy. Read more...
Great that u r aware. It sounds as if you are not only aware of such a tendency but that you would like to learn more about it and possibly make some changes. IF this is the case you would be an ideal person to have psychotherapy. good luck to you. 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...