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Is a sociopath a type of personality disorder?


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Answered 2012-06-03 01:58:34

The closest disorder to sociopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, is. When a psychiatrist treats a sociopath he/she says that the sociopath has Antisocial Personality Disorder.

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Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormally immoral conduct despite an ability to appear normal. ...sociopath: someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath')


Manson is a sociopath (personality disorder), paranoid and at times delusional. I believe he is suffering from a type of dementia also.


* Antisocial personality disorder - Psychopaths/sociopaths * Narcissistic personality disorder * Histrionic personality disorder * Schizoid personality disorder * Borderline personality disorder These all have some of the symptoms of sociopaths, there may be more but these are the ones that I currently know of. This is a good reference site: http://www.crescentlife.com/disorders/personality_disorders.htm


Antisocial personality disorder is a type of personality disorder under Axis 2 disorders.


There is no such thing as a sociopathic child. To be diagnossed with Antisocial Personality Disorder, the official name for a sociopath, you must be 18 year old.


Antisocial personality disorder (APD or sometimes ASPD) is a personality disorder which is often characterised by antisocial and impulsive behaviour. APD is generally (if controversially) considered to be the same as, or similar to, the disorder that was previously known as psychopathic or sociopathic personality disorder. Approximately 3% of men and 1% of women have some form of antisocial personality disorder.A sociopath is a person who, usually due to a congenital brain disorder, but sometimes due to a trauma to the brain suffered at birth, cannot process emotional information the way other people do. They can understand emotion on a logical level, but they don't feel it themselves. The resulting lack of connection to other people, and the terrible frustration this brings, are the reasons for the behavior of a sociopath.


No, not really. Sociopathy is a personality disorder, and unlike a mental illness these cannot be "cured".


The word 'psychopath' has been replaced by 'sociopath', a word to describe a person that has the personality disorder known as Anti-social personality disorder. But they have the same meaning. Many serial killers do in fact have the above disorder.


The most common term is sociopath. However, like most catchall terms, sociopath often is used to refer to people with other personality disorders. The correct term is "antisocial personality."


If you have anti-social personality disorder the military wipes their hands clean of you and kick you out.


If she committed the acts that she is alleged to have committed, the likelihood is extremely high that she is either given to psychotic episodes, or is a psychopath. Sociopathy is an inexact term that has come into popular use to describe people suffering from a variety of disorders including antisocial personality disorder, asocial personality disorder, psychopathic personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder.


Yes. Ordinarily, the diagnosis would be Antisocial Personality Disorder. Sociopath is a catchall term that actually refers to three different syndromes that are similar.


To be diagnossed with Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is the official term for a sociopath, you must be 18 years old.


Sociopathy is the common name for someone suffering from Antisocial personality disorder. another common term is psychopath, though this is generally reserved for a more violent person with ASPD. Disorders like ASPD are, NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder.) and BDP (Borderline Personality Disorder)



Sociopathy is a loosely-defined term that may be used to refer to:PsychopathyAntisocial personality disorder (ASPD)Dissocial personality disorderAbove all a sociopath has no conscience and his/her guiding principle is 'I do what I can get away with'.


In the past it was said that Borderline Personality Disorder was the female version of Antisocial Personality Disorder(Sociopath). There are indeed many similarities between the two such as: difficulties with relationships, tendencies to blame others, impulsivity, aggression, and at many times manipulative tendencies. Today though it is understood that there is a difference between the two. Although Antisocial Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder are both characterized by manipulative behavior, sociopaths or people with Antisocial Personality Disorder are manipulative to gain profit, power, or some other material gratification, whereas BP's or people with Borderline Personality Disorder motivation is geared more towards gaining the concern of caretakers. Borderlines also feel shame, guilt, emotional distress, and emptiness; people with Antisocial Personality Disorder generally do not. So though at first glance they may appear to be the same, they are very different.


Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder, not a personality disorder. However, there are some personality disorders that have similar symptoms to schizophrenia: paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder.


Sociopathy and psychopathy are concepts that are related to Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD), which was a suggested diagnosis for Ted Bundy.


Only in the sense that mistreatment by one of them might be related to its formation in a victim. People with narcissistic personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder (the correct name for sociopath) may be mercurial and seem to be expressing another personality, but in fact it is the real one, that they usually keep covered up with their deceptive behavior.


Possibly narcissistic personality disorder. Possibly sociopathic personality disorder.


"Both meanings" doesn't even make sense considering that they are interchangeable terms. They are under antisocial behavioral disorder and are/is categorized as a personality disorder.


could be depression, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, paranoid Personality Disorder, etc. . .


It is unfair to generalize all sociopaths as murderers. A sociopath is somebody with antisocial personality disorder, with diminished remorse and empathy as well as a lack of inhibition. This does not necessarily mean that a sociopath will be a sadist who enjoys hurting others.


To attempt an answer for this question based soley on mental illness... Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) is a disorder in which little to no emotion is present in a person. You might be more familiar with this disorder known as psychopathy or sociopathy where a person may be referred to as a psychopath or sociopath.



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