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Treating the Untreatable: An Unfortunate Outlook on Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is one of the hardest personality disorders to treat. Not much is known on ASPD compared to more common mental illnesses. According to Lenzenweger, et al. only 0.6% of the U.S population has been diagnosed with ASPD (2007). 

Now, 0.6 % percent may not seem like a large percentage. However, when multiplied with the U.S. population of 318 million people, over 1.9 million people in the U.S. are living with ASPD. 

Trial and Error: Diagnosing and Treating OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects about 2 to 3% percent of the world’s population and usually begins in individuals ranging from 22 to 36 years old (Jenike, 2005). Individuals that suffer from OCD have feelings that something bad will occur if he or she does not perform a specific ritual. This phenomenon can lead to anxiety and an unexplainable feeling of incompleteness (Jenike, 2005). In other words, individuals cannot continue, or even, start their day without making sure that they have completed all steps in their ritualistic activity.

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“‘You’re so bipolar!’ is said all the time by people who don’t mean it to people who don’t have it. It has become so normal to use that phrase that people have forgotten that being bipolar is not possible – because no one “is” bipolar, people just have bipolar disorder…a complex chronic condition, only to be diagnosed by doctors with the guidelines from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).” Get a general knowledge on Bipolar Disorder and how we can stop the stigma against it.

What the Media Really Thinks About Celebrities with OCD

Have you ever heard of OCD? Also known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it is extremely prevalent in society today and has been displayed multiple times on television, through celebrities, and even in movies.  Not only has it been displayed in the media, actual celebrities have been diagnosed with OCD, and this has raised awareness for the illness quite extensively. It is often portrayed as a ritualistic and obscure illness that makes you appear to be a perfectionist, when in reality, you can’t control your actions.

The Myth Behind Pop Culture Psychopathy: an Overview of Antisocial Personality Disorder

The term antisocial personality disorder, or APD, brings a few things to mind. The word antisocial itself might remind you of the kind of person who is shy, maybe a little quiet and tends to stick to themselves. However, this does not fully encompass traits associated with antisocial personality disorder. Personality disorders are a class of mental disorders characterized by rigid and unhealthy patterns in an individual’s thoughts, behavior, and functioning. (Mayo Clinic, 2014) The DSM IV-TR criteria for antisocial personality disorder includes pervasive patterns of disregard for the rights of others, such as deceitfulness, irresponsibility, lack of remorse or empathy, and aggressiveness.