Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), also referred to as sociopathy or psychopathy, is a personality disorder characterized by pervasive and persistent disregard for morality, social and cultural norms, and the violation of the human rights and feelings of others. Criminal activity and abuse is common.
People with ASPD are unlikely to seek help because they don’t believe they need it.
1% to 4% of the population has ASPD. The male to female ratio is 3:1.
- 3% to 30% of mental health outpatients have ASPD.
- About 65% of incarcerated women and 80% of incarcerated men have ASPD.
- 27% to 60% of alcoholics and drug addicts have ASPD, depending on how many substances they are addicted to.
- A high number of CEOs of large companies have some ASPD symptoms.
The earlier signs of ASPD are noticed —preferably before the teen years — the sooner psychotherapy can begin to address thought patterns, behavior, response to conflict, and problem-solving skills.