antisocial personality disorder

noun

Definition of antisocial personality disorder 

: a personality disorder that is characterized by antisocial behavior exhibiting pervasive disregard for and violation of the rights, feelings, and safety of others starting in childhood or the early teenage years and continuing into adulthood

called also psychopathic personality disorder

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Ballenger concluded that Jesse was at high risk for developing antisocial personality disorder, often called sociopathy, which cannot be diagnosed before age 18. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "Inside an accused school shooter’s mind: A plot to kill ‘50 or 60. If I get lucky maybe 150.’," 3 Mar. 2018 Ballenger concluded that Jesse was at high risk for developing antisocial personality disorder, often called sociopathy, which cannot be diagnosed before age 18. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "Inside an accused school shooter’s mind: A plot to kill ‘50 or 60. If I get lucky maybe 150.’," 3 Mar. 2018 Ballenger concluded that Jesse was at high risk for developing antisocial personality disorder, often called sociopathy, which cannot be diagnosed before age 18. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "Inside an accused school shooter’s mind: A plot to kill ‘50 or 60. If I get lucky maybe 150.’," 3 Mar. 2018 Ballenger concluded that Jesse was at high risk for developing antisocial personality disorder, often called sociopathy, which cannot be diagnosed before age 18. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "Inside an accused school shooter’s mind: A plot to kill ‘50 or 60. If I get lucky maybe 150.’," 3 Mar. 2018 Ballenger concluded that Jesse was at high risk for developing antisocial personality disorder, often called sociopathy, which cannot be diagnosed before age 18. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "Inside an accused school shooter’s mind: A plot to kill ‘50 or 60. If I get lucky maybe 150.’," 3 Mar. 2018 Ballenger concluded that Jesse was at high risk for developing antisocial personality disorder, often called sociopathy, which cannot be diagnosed before age 18. John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post, "Inside an accused school shooter’s mind: A plot to kill ‘50 or 60. If I get lucky maybe 150.’," 3 Mar. 2018 Other situations, when a person could be a risk of harm to others, are personality disorders with a high level of impulsivity or lack of remorse, such as antisocial personality disorder. Arash Javanbakht, CBS News, "Guns and mental illness: How do you judge who shouldn't get weapons?," 1 Mar. 2018 Years later, he was diagnosed with major depression and borderline antisocial personality disorder, his family said, and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder, illnesses that often go hand-in-hand with substance misuse. Katharine Q. Seelye Photographs By Todd Heisler, New York Times, "1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours," 21 Jan. 2018

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antisocial personality disorder

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Medical Definition of antisocial personality disorder 

: a personality disorder that is characterized by antisocial behavior exhibiting pervasive disregard for and violation of the rights, feelings, and safety of others starting in childhood or the early teenage years and continuing into adulthood, that is often marked by a lack of remorse for having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from others, and that in practice is often difficult to diagnose because it is confounded with disorders in which drug addiction or substance abuse is a factor

called also psychopathic personality disorder

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