Fast Five Quiz: Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopathy)

Stephen Soreff, MD


November 11, 2021

According to the DSM-5, for a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder to be made, patients must have evidence that a conduct disorder has been present before age 15 years. Patients must also demonstrate a persistent disregard for the rights of others. This disregard is shown by the presence of at least three of the following:

  • Disregarding the law, indicated by repeatedly committing acts that are grounds for arrest

  • Being deceitful, indicated by lying repeatedly, using aliases, or conning others for personal gain or pleasure

  • Acting impulsively or not planning ahead

  • Being easily provoked or aggressive, indicated by constantly getting into physical fights or assaulting others

  • Recklessly disregarding their own safety or the safety of others

  • Consistently acting irresponsibly, indicated by quitting a job with no plans for another one or not paying bills

  • Not feeling remorse, indicated by indifference to or rationalization of hurting or mistreating others

Read more about the diagnosis of personality disorders.


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