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October 2010

Teen Antisocial Personality Disorder

by Staff, on Antisocial Personality Disorder, APD, at risk youth, personality disorder, Teen Antisocial Personality Disorder, Teen APD, teen disorders, teen personality disorder

Most of us have seen antisocial teens, but we rarely think that this may have to do with some disorder. Well, it is rare, but there is a disorder called Antisocial Personality Disorder or APD which is mostly prevalent with teenagers. APD can be inherited or it can manifest itself due to environmental causes.

is a lifelong disorder that usually starts before the puberty and usually affects men. It usually affects men three times more than it does women. Although this is a chronic disorder it is one of the rare personality disorders which get better with years but it’s hard to deal with at the beginning, teens and early twenties. This is not necessarily so, but in most of the cases teen years are the most troublesome for APD, and after 25th year it starts to get better and more under control.

When people with Antisocial Personality Disorder get into their late 40s they are mostly improved. The improvement starts with late twenties but the biggest improvement is usually seen in the mid 30s when we talk about destructive and dangerous behavior. But so far based on the research, improvement can start at any stage, these are just numbers.

The problem with APD is that people, especially teens, tend to get auto destructive and tend to go for violent behavior such as anger bursts, destroying property and physical violence. APD if not treated in early stages will leave a permanent mark on the person, as people with APD in their later years are often antisocial and hostile towards others and have a low social status.

With teens if not careful their antisocial behavior can lead to major complications later in life. Luckily most teens will have a less severe behavior disorder which will resolve when they mature. Besides inheriting this disorder the most common cause is peer pressure.

In order for your child to be diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder three or more of these symptoms must be established:

-    Ignoring social norms and normal behavior and repeatedly engaging in acts of vandalism, violence or any other criminal behavior which is grounds for arrest
-    Lying often, pretending to be someone else, or even swindling people because of pleasure or profit
-    Inability to plan ahead, impulsive behavior
-    Aggressive behavior
-    Mood swings
-    Disregard for his own or other people safety
-    Irresponsible behavior, low financial status due to inability to honor financial obligations
-    No remorse for his actions

Teen Antisocial Personality Disorder is usually found related to blood relatives, but like we said it can be caused by outside sources. There is a great risk of developing APD if there are known Substance abuse disorders in the family as well. Staff