Antisocial personality disorder

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Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is identified as a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood. [1] In addition, essential diagnostic features include an on-going pattern of deceit and manipulation, as well as a documented history of a conduct disorder prior to age 15. [1]

Antisocial personality disorder falls within the B cluster of personality disorders, along with Borderline personality disorder, Histrionic personality disorder, and Narcissistic personality disorder. [1]

Diagnostic criteria

Note: The American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, forbids the unauthorized reproduction of their diagnostic criteria. A narrative of the DSM-IV-TR criteria follows.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 645-650. ISBN 0-89042-061-0. 

Personality disorders
Cluster A (Odd): Schizotypal | Schizoid | Paranoid
Cluster B (Dramatic): Antisocial | Borderline | Histrionic | Narcissistic
Cluster C (Anxious): Dependent | Obsessive-Compulsive | Avoidant