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Antisocial personality causes

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Antisocial personality causes

Postby Prof. Mental Health » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:51 pm

Antisocial personality disorders occur in children and grown up adults. Children who have this disorder demonstrate violent behavior towards people and animals. It is usual for such children to injure animals like cats. They go against rules, are fraudulent and are thieves who steal other people’s things. They lack respect for other people especially the elderly ones. In adults, it is characterized by manipulation of other people by the patient to collect money by any means from such people. They are also into illegal deals and when apprehended shows little or no sign of remorse for their actions.

The causes of antisocial personality disorder are yet to be established. But there are many theories on ground concerning this disorder which are not proven to be correct. Some people said it is connected with smoking or drinking of a pregnant woman. Some link the cause to hereditary link, that is, if the father or mother has antisocial personality disorder, the children too will also have it, but like earlier stated, it is not proven.

One of the theories established that antisocial personality disorder is caused by an extra Y-chromosome. But there is no correlation between this theory and the people diagnosed with the disorder. This is because many of this people don’t even possess this extra chromosome.

Other causes of antisocial personality disorder may be connected with dysfunctional family where the father and mother are not in unity or may not even be staying together as husband and wife; it may also result from inadequate parenting and lack of discipline in the upbringing of children.

The causes of antisocial personality disorder can also be related to traumatic abuse when children are growing up. Though, not all the children who grew up with this experience may be said to have antisocial personality disorder. Nonetheless, a large percentage of children who grew up with traumatic abuse like sexual abuse, emotional abuse are said to be antisocial.

Children also emulate their parent’s character. This can be said to be another cause of antisocial personality disorder. This is possible when the parents, either the father or the mother is antisocial, such children may grow up to want to be like their mother or father. This is due to the fact that parenting has a serious role to play in the upbringing of children. Children who are not properly brought up by their parent cause problem for the society and the nation at large. These are children who grow up to have antisocial personality disorder.

People known with this disorder engage in sexual promiscuity having several partners. They find it hard to stay with one partner throughout their lifetime. They keep on marrying and divorcing. This disorder may also manifest itself in gambling addiction and some characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder.

Antisocial personality disorder occurs in levels, it can be mild of severe. However, it is discovered that 3% of males and 1% of female have severe antisocial personality disorders in the western society.

Identifying the causes of antisocial personality disorders will go along way to help in diagnosing and treating the disorder.
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