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:
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.