Understanding Antisocial Personality Disorder Term Paper by Suzannah

A look at the condition known as antisocial personality disorder.
# 147363 | 1,250 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | FR
Published on Mar 27, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper provides an historical account of antisocial personality disorder, and goes on to explain the diagnosis, symptoms, prevalence, and treatment. The writer explains that while little is known about the cause or causes of APD, and while treatment fails to effectively treat the condition, its prevalence has significantly increased within the past few decades. The paper concludes that mental health practitioners and researchers continue to search for the condition's causes and ways of more effectively treating patients diagnosed with APD, while also seeking to make the illness better understood.

Understanding Antisocial Personality Disorder

From the Paper:

''Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is described as "a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, [and] violating the rights of others'' (PubMed Health, 2010), is generally perceived as being a relatively new condition. Until the 18th century, for example, the only recognized forms of mental illnesses, collectively known as mania or delirium, were melancholy (depression), delusions, and psychoses. Then, at the beginning of the 19th century, Philippe Pinel (1745-1826), identified what he termed as manie sans delire (insanity without delusions), and ``described patients who lacked impulse control, often raged when frustrated, and were prone to outbursts of violence'' (Liam, 2011). Nevertheless, it would be at least another fifty years before personality disorders would be recognized, thus meaning that the term ``moral insanity'' was commonly used to describe these conditions. As such, this paper will explore Antisocial Personality Disorder by primarily considering its history, and the way in which the condition was identified, and by reflecting on its symptoms, prevalence and treatment.''

Sample of Sources Used:

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