Antisocial Personality Disorder
Description: pervasive indifference toward other people’s rights and needs.
Teenagers with true antisocial personality disorder usually have exhibited this pattern of behavior from before the age of fifteen, although the diagnosis cannot be officially made until age eighteen. Without professional help and a supportive family, they may grow up to become immature, irresponsible adults with an alarming lack of conscience.
Signs of Antisocial Personality Disorder
irritability and aggressiveness
lying, cheating and other deceitful behavior
reckless disregard for personal safety or the safety of others
lack of remorse for hurtful acts
failure to apply oneself in school
history of truancy, delinquency, vandalism, theft, unlawful acts
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