Antisocial Personality Disorder and its Causes

Perspective - American Journal of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology (2022)

Antisocial Personality Disorder and its Causes

Markus Rallser*
Department of Biochemistry, University of Freiburg, Berlin, Germany
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Markus Rallser, Department of Biochemistry, University of Freiburg, Berlin, Germany, Email:

Received: 02-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. AJPBP-22-56200; Editor assigned: 04-Mar-2022, Pre QC No. AJPBP-22-56200 (PQ); Reviewed: 18-Mar-2022, QC No. AJPBP-22-56200; Revised: 23-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. AJPBP-22-56200 (R); Published: 30-Mar-2022


Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a kind of mental illness. People with ASPD have a low regard for others. They do not adhere to socially accepted standards or conventions. People with ASPD are more likely to breach the law or damage others physically or emotionally. They may choose to ignore the repercussions of their acts or refuse to accept responsibility for their conduct. ASPD is one of many different types of personality disorders. Personality disorders impact how people think and act. Is it possible to have antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) without also being a sociopath? The words “sociopath” and “sociopathy” are often used to characterise ASPD. These phrases are not used as clinical diagnoses by healthcare practitioners. However, there are certain similarities between ASPD and sociopathy, such as a general lack of conscience.

Antisocial personality disorder causes

Al though there is no one cause of ASPD, the following variables may enhance a person’s chancesare namely Biology: People with ASPD may have abnormally high serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our mood and emotions of well-being. Early childhood trauma or abuse raises the chances of getting ASPD later in life. There might be certain hereditary factors that predispose some people to developing ASPD. However, the illness is likely to be caused by a combination of hereditary factors rather than a single element. About half of those diagnosed with ASPD also struggle with drug or alcohol misuse. Men are more prone to acquire ASPD than women.

ASPD symptoms commonly appear in late childhood or early adolescence. Conduct disorder is diagnosed before the age of eighteen. Youngsters with conduct disorder are more likely to lie, steal, break rules, or bully other children. The indicators of conduct disorder are sometimes overlooked by parents or healthcare practitioners. Other diseases such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, or oppositional defiant disorder may show similar symptoms. While children are recognised and treated when they are young, the problem is less likely to persist into adulthood. If the conduct persists, the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder is made at the age of 18. ASPD cannot be diagnosed with a blood test or an imaging scan. Your health history will be taken into account, as well as a physical exam and an assessment of your symptoms by a healthcare expert. A healthcare physician who specialises in mental health concerns may be consulted. Your conduct is assessed by a psychiatrist or psychologist. They search for patterns that include terms.

Actions taken on the spur of the moment with little regard for the consequences. Differentiating between numerous healths problems with similar symptoms is known as differential diagnosis. Because several conditions might seem like ASPD, it’s critical for your doctor to get the correct diagnosis.

Antisocial personality disorder therapy

ASPD does not have a standard therapy. However, medications and psychotherapy may be used to assist regulate particular habits. According to studies, the symptoms of ASPD are at their peak between the ages of 24 and 44, and then gradually improve after that.

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