Over 200,000 people are diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) in the United States each year. ASPD is characterized by demonstrating a lack of empathy and, at times, displaying a blatant disrespect for one’s surroundings. A person with ASPD often has destructive feelings and repeatedly violates one’s rights with no display of guilt or remorse. They may also show a need for recklessness, a knack for using their wit to get what they want (manipulation), and a sense of superiority. This personality disorder is commonly confused with psychopathy; in fact, psychopathy is diagnosed under the umbrella of ASPD along with sociopathy , but is not an interchangeable term with ASPD.
It is important to make the distinction between someone who has psychopathy or sociopathy rather than ASPD. Although there is no specific treatment, psychotherapy and medication may help with ASPD symptoms.