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A person aged 21 years or older with a childhood history of disregard for the rights of others can be diagnosed as having APD if he or she gives evidence of three of the following seven behaviors associated with disregard for others:

-Fails to conform to social norms, as indicated by frequently performing illegal acts or pursuing illegal occupations.

-Deceives and manipulates others for selfish reasons, often in order to obtain money, sex, drugs or power. This behavior may involve repeated lying, conning or the use of false names.

-Fails to plan ahead or displays impulsive behavior, as indicated by a long succession of short-term jobs or frequent changes of address.

-Engages in repeated fights or assaults as a consequence of irritability and aggressiveness.

-Exhibits reckless disregard for safety of self or others and hyperverbal speech.

-Shows a consistent pattern of irresponsible behavior, including failure to find and keep a job for a sustained length of time and refusal to pay bills or honor debts.

-Shows evidence of sadness, regret or remorse for actions that have hurt others, but continues with actions regardless of these feelings.

Original text from the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders.  Answers in comments.

January 6, 2010
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