The illness is still very misunderstood and is often depicted in the evil characters in horror films as opposed to being spoken about in daily life.
So how can you tell if a person might have an antisocial personality disorder?
According to the NHS, an analysis can be made if any three of the following guidelines apply to the person’s daily personality:
Here are the criteria:
Repeatedly breaking the law, repeatedly being deceitful, impulsive behavior or being incapable of planning ahead, being irritable and aggressive, having a reckless disregard for their safety or the safety of others, being consistently irresponsible, and lack of remorse.
Also according to the NHS, their behavior usually grows to ‘most extreme and challenging’ during the late teens and beginning 20s – but it may increase by the time the person enters their 40s.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not normally the person with antisocial personality disorder who asks about their own diagnosis, it’s more often companions, families, or friends who try to get the person a diagnosis.
If you are worried about somebody who demonstrates antisocial personality disorder traits, the good thing to do is encourage them to see a GP.