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.



Related Essays

Personality Traits of the Child Molester .... of the literature and case studies reports that the .... Psychometric Studies of Sex Offenders Carroll and .... of psychopathology were antisocial attitudes, depressive .... (1814 7 )

Treatments for Conduct Disorder .... According to Kauffman, studies of these variables show that .... disorders go on to develop Antisocial Personality Disorder (as is the case with many who .... (2492 10 )

Overview of Pedophilia .... behavioral treatment approach in a single case. .... associations, the presence of antisocial personality disorder and .... Other studies have also examined for factors .... (8773 35 )

Borderline Personality Disorder .... borderline-histrionic/narcissistic; and borderline-antisocial/paranoid" (p .... The case study involved a patient who .... of the above-referenced studies indicates that .... (2471 10 )

Support for Parents of ADHD Children Introduction Introduction to .... Case scenarios describing behaviors of boys were presented .... Most studies show that symptoms in school-age .... jobs, higher rates of antisocial personality disorder .... (9483 38 )

Group Support for Parents of ADHD Children: An Introduction .... Case scenarios describing behaviors of boys were presented .... Most studies show that symptoms in school-age .... jobs, higher rates of antisocial personality disorder .... (9492 38 )

Category: Psychology - C
Common Topics
Click Here to Get Instant Access to over 32,000 Professionally Written Papers!!!
Join Now  
Saved Papers  
Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!
"I love this site!!!"
Marie H.
"Thank you for making such a high quality site! Your papers are the best I have seen around"
Debbie B.
"Your site was very helpful and gave me the details I needed in order to complete my essay!!!"
Mike F.
"This site is an excellent vehicle for quick referrences. Thanks a bunch!"
Carla T.
"Great site, I got a lot of new ideas I would have never thought of before."
Nate A.
Copyright © 2007 - 2014 Lots of Essays. All Rights Reserved. DMCA