Who is most likely to develop antisocial personality disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder (APSD) affects approximately 7.4 million adults in the U.S., which translates to more than 3.5% of the population. This disorder is more common in men than in women. 

According to WHO, the highest prevalence is among males who abuse drugs or alcohol.

The primary reason why some people develop ASPD remains unknown. But, having a traumatic childhood and genetics are among the top things thought to accelerate this disorder. Most of the time, affected individuals come from difficult families with a history of neglect and child abuse.

Social services is, therefore, invested in child care to help reduce the number of people with ASPD. Among the leading symptoms in children is cruelty to animals and fire setting.

People with alcoholic or antisocial parents are also at a higher risk of developing an antisocial personality disorder. It is also common among individuals in prisons.

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