Doctors base their diagnosis of ASPD on how the individual relates to others and may talk with friends and family to obtain insight into the patient's behavior. The physician performs a full medical evaluation to rule out any non-psychological medical conditions. If the physician determines there are sufficient signs of a personality disorder, he or she usually refers the individual to a mental health professional for further psychological evaluation. This secondary process may include a review of behavior patterns, thought processes, relationships, and family history. The mental health professional analyzes the results and compares them with symptom criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to determine a diagnosis. ASPD is a Cluster B personality disorders. Doctors diagnosis three times as many men as women with the condition.
This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.