Antisocial Personality Disorder
A condition in which the individual does not use socially acceptance behaviour or consider the rights of others.
- Ignore the rights of others and do not use socially accepted behaviour
- Do not abide by the law
- Lie, steal and can be aggressive
- Find it difficult to hold down a job and meet their responsibilities as a spouse or parent
- Have difficulty making or keeping friends however they can also be witty and charming
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) - Listts different mental disorders and criteria for diagnosing them.
It states that people with three or more of the following characteristics have APD:
- Not following the norms and laws of society
- Being deceitful by lying, conning others
- Being irritable and aggressive, often involved in physical fights
- Being implulsive and not planning ahead
- Lacks remorse or finds reasons for hurting, mistreating or stealing.
Biological causes of APD:
- Involed in the memory and emotion, particularly fear
- Responsible for learning from negative consequences of our actions, furthermore it responds to fear and sad facial expressions in others
- Therefore we learn to avoid activities that causes distress to others
How the Amygdala causes APD
- They do not learn to avoid behaviour that harms other people, this is because they are not affected by distress shown by their victims.
- Located in the frontal lobe of the brain. Involved in expressing personality and appropriate social behaviour
How does the Pre Frontal Cortex cause APD
- Area of the brain which enables people to learn…