Dramatic Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Antisocial, and Narcissistic

Individuals with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions, distorted self-perception, and/or behavioral impulsiveness.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder show a pervasive disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following (from DSM IV, American Psychiatric Association, 1994):


    1.repeated acts that are grounds for arrest
2.deceitfulness, i.e., repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
3.impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead
4.irritability and aggressiveness, such as repeated physical fights or assaults
5.reckless disregard for the safety of self or others
6.consistent irresponsibility, i.e., repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
7.lack of remorse, as indicated by indifference to, or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

To receive this diagnosis, an individual also needs to be at least 18 years old, to show evidence of a Conduct Disorder (which begins before age 15), and to show antisocial behavior that does not only occur during a Manic Episode or the course of Schizophrenia.

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