Antisocial Personality Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Borderline Personality Disorder Research, Personality Disorder Research, Bipolar Research, Antisocial Research, Psychopathy Research, Sociopath Research, Sociopathic Personality Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Antisocial Personality Disorder Related Research


There is much uncertainly about the difference between psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder. According to Robert D. Hare, Ph. D, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and was a scientific director of a 1995 NATO Advanced Study Institute on Psychopathic Behavior, in his article in Psychiatric Times Vol. 13 No. 2 entitled Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Case of Diagnostic Confusion; it is significantly important to know the difference between psychopathy and ASD when it comes to mental health matters and criminal justice systems.

The psychopath term has been commonly used when one has to describe a person who does things not accepted in the norms of the society. Although this term fits in normal conversation that it is widely used everyday, it can be a great confusion when used in legal matters and mental health concerns. There are several psychologists and psychiatrists using psychopath and ASPD as the same term. However, the legal system wants to set a difference between these two groups because of recidivism (a tendency to repeat an undesirable action after experiencing negative consequences of that behavior).

There is research that has asserted that psychopaths are more recidivistic because their crimes are crueler. It does not just cost more money to the public and their victims but more time as well when in trial. Psychopaths are also untreatable because any therapy will not succeed without the client being honest and a psychopath is a liar by nature. That is why differentiating between a psychopath and a person suffering from ASD would help reduce wasted time and money in offering treatments for untreatable people.

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Related Conditions

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Hyperactivity, Impulsiveness, Impaired Coping Mechanism, Inattention
Bipolar Disorder – Hypomania, Depression, Mixed Episodes of Manic Conditions, Mood Disorder, Hallucination
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Excessive Anger, Uncontrolled Temper, Bipolar, Rage, Furious, Unreasonable Madness
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Excessive Love of Self, Conceit, Vanity, Selfishness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Compulsion, Obsession, Anxiety, Intrusive Thoughts, Perfectionist, Excessive Worry, Irrational Behavior
Oppositional Defiant Disorder – Disobedient, Hostile, Defiant, Irritability, Depression, Anxiety, Resentful, Spiteful