Case Study of Antisocial Personality Disorder

This paper is a case study of Linda C., a 38-year-old woman suffering from a number of psychiatric symptoms that fit the DSM-IV diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. She has little apparent empathy for the feelings and desires of other people, though she is capable of exhibiting a great deal of superficial charm in order to manipulate people into getting what she wants. As a young teenager, she frequently violated her mother's rules, was in trouble at school, and in a number of other ways exhibited the symptoms of conduct disorder, a necessary condition for a later diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder. Her problems have kept her from developing and maintaining a career, and her present attempts to become a theater director are being severely hampered by her inability to understand and care about the rights of those with whom she is attempting to work. Without serious counselling, she is unlikely to be able to succeed in this latest career, continuing a pattern that has made the development of a meaningful life possible. This paper is an in-depth examination of her personal history, diagnosis, and prognosis.

Linda C. (her name and a number of personal details have been disguised in order to protect her identity) was born in San Francisco, California, on October 26, 1959. She was an only child. Her father, a roofing contractor, divorced her mother when Linda was 12. He moved out of the state, and Linda and her mother had little contact with him.



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