A pattern of irresponsible behaviour that lacks morals and ethics
and brings the person into conflict with society
Causes, incidence and
The cause of this
disorder is unknown but biological and genetic factors may play a role.
The chances of this disorder occurring is higher in people who have an
antisocial parent. Although the diagnosis is limited to those over the
age of 18, there is always a history of antisocial behaviour before age
15 demonstrated by excessive lying, truancy, delinquency and substance
abuse. As an adult there is a pattern of unlawful behaviour failure of
job and family responsibility, reckless personal behaviour, promiscuity,
failure to sustain long term relationships and aggressive behaviour.
There is a lack of anxiety or emotion in situations that warrant such
emotions. Superficial charm and wit can be highly developed ad skilfully
used for their own ends. This disorder tends to occur more commonly in
men and in people whose predominant role model had antisocial features.
• Lack of concern for
societies expectations and laws
• Unlawful behaviour
• Violates the rights others
• Physical aggression
• Lack of stability in home life or in a job
• Lacks remorse