Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. People with antisocial personality disorder may disregard social norms and laws and place others at risk for their own benefit. This behavior is often criminal. Antisocial Personality Disorder is often referred to as Sociopathic Personality Disorder, or Sociopathy.

A person with Antisocial Personality Disorder may:

Be able to act witty and charming

Be good at flattery and manipulating other people’s emotions

Break the law repeatedly

Disregard the safety of self and others

Lie, steal, and fight often

Not show guilt or remorse

Often be perceived as angry or arrogant

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has ongoing patterns of turbulent emotions, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These inner experiences often result in impulsive actions and chaotic relationships with others due to intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days.

Signs and symptoms for Borderline Personality Disorder include:

Distorted self-image

Impulsive and dangerous behaviors

Recurring suicidal threats and behaviors

Inappropriate outbursts of anger

A pattern of intense and unstable relationships

Persons with Borderline Personality Disorder are often impulsive and uncertain about their identity. As a result, interests and values change rapidly, and they tend to view things in terms of extremes, such as either all good or all bad.

 Keep in mind

Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose a mental health condition. Information provided by the Medina County ADAMH Board website is not intended to keep anyone from seeking medical treatment under the advice and care of their doctor. There are many effective types of treatment including talk therapy.