antisocial personality disorder
antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is described by the american psychiatric association’s diagnostic and statistical manual, fourth edition (DSM-IV-TR), as an axis II personality disorder (dramatic), characterized by “…a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.” please note that ASPD and psychopathy are not synonyms. psychopathy and its synonym, sociopathy, are terms related to ASPD. ASPD replaced psychopathy as a diagnosis in the DSM but the terms are not identical. psychopathy is now usually seen as a subset of ASPD.