BEH225 Week Eight - Diagnosis&Treatment

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Antisocial Personality Disorder 1 Assignment: Diagnosis and Treatment Ronda White University of Phoenix, Axia College BEH 225 Instructor, Carol Tripp November 12, 2010
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Antisocial Personality Disorder 2 The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) define and redefine innumerable psychological disorders. For the measure of this exercise, I have chosen to focus upon one that contrasts my socialistic personality- Antisocial Personality Disorder. This disorder not only affects the person diagnosed with the disease but also is omnipresence in societies. This is why trends in diagnosis and treatments change so much; studies are extensive. The most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (the fourth edition, text revision or DSM-IV- TR, 2000) classifies APD as one of four Cluster B Personality Disorders along with borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personality disorders. “Antisocial Personality Disorder is also known as psychopathy, sociopathy or dissocial personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a diagnosis applied to persons who routinely behave with little or no regard for the rights, safety, or feelings of others. Dr. Robert Hare, an authority on psychopathy and the originator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, claims that all psychopaths have APD but not all individuals diagnosed with APD are psychopaths” (Gale encyclopedia of, 2003, p. 68). Individuals with a diagnosis of the disorder APD have a propensity to harm themselves and other members of the populace. This may be because someone with this disorder lacks strong ethical and moral standards. This behavioral pattern is observed in children or young adolescents and said behavior readily persists well into adulthood; tending to position the mentally ill being in constant conflict with today’s society. Predictably, the sociopath will engage in clashes with law officials and have a pattern of delinquency from childhood or adolescence. Classically, these individuals use and abuse drugs and alcohol at elevated degrees, thus worsening the disorder. Other notable signals of
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