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Old 12-14-05, 07:02 PM
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The DSM does not address the causes of personality disorders because nobody knows the cause.

The most widely accepted theory currently includes a moderate genetic predisposition interacting with continuous stress during the first few years of life. How does someone recognize and intervene? This is very much like a disease who's symptoms are not apparent until after the disease has done its damage.

The DSM does not catagorize every person who doesn't like parties as "antisocial". Nor does the DSM dictate that antisocial personalities are necessarily violent or murderous or evil. HOWEVER, the DSM defines a person with antisocial personality disorder as continually violating and showing disregard for the rights of others through deceitful, aggressive, or antisocial behavior, typically without remorse or loyalty to anyone. They tend to be impulsive, irritable, and aggresive AND show a pattern of generally irresponsible behavior begining prior to age 15. It's not hard to extrapolate from this definition an inability to empathize, although it can certainly not be "proven".

If this is not your defnition of antisocial personality, then we can't be talking about the thing or the same people. If someone doesn't fit the DSM criteria, they wouldn't be called antisocial.

There are certainly a LOT of misconceptions about various disorders. Many people think schizophrenia = dangerous. Others think that ADHD is the result of poor parenting. That's not the point. The DSM is a way of describing a set of behaviors so that trained clinicians can prescribe the correct treatments. It's not a mandated "belief system".

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