Sometimes, people with certain psychological disorders commit acts against others without regret. Their behavior may be aggressive and cause harm. Doctors diagnose people who exhibit these behaviors as having an antisocial personality disorder, or ASPD. People with ASPD do not consider the consequences of their actions, nor do they consider the rights of others. Depending on specific indicators of some individuals, doctors may also identify them as sociopaths or psychopaths.
ASPD occurs in about 3% of the general population. The wide range of symptoms varies in severity. Most individuals with ASPD are charming on the surface, yet lack empathy for others, consistently putting their own needs before the needs of others. They tend to be manipulative and exploitive. Lying is common, and people with ASPD become bored easily and express frequent somatic complaints. They may refuse to allow others to push them around and react aggressively if someone tells them what to do. Those with ASPD violate the rights of others without remorse, ignore societal norms, and usually experience strained relationships in work, social, and family environments. Although ASPD is a lifelong condition for a majority of individuals, the symptoms ease in advanced age.
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