Diagnosis of Sociopathy

The DSM IV Diagnosis of Anti Social Disorder

Where it lists what is classified as being a Sociopath (I got this off the Out of the Fog website)

DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopathy)

Antisocial Personality Disorder (AsPD) is listed in the DSM-IV-TR as a Cluster B (dramatic, emotional, or erratic) Personality Disorder:

A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15, as indicated by THREE (or more) of the following:

1.Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
2.Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
3.Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
4.Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
5.Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
6.Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain steady work or honor financial obligations
7.Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

The manual lists the following additional necessary criteria:

  • The individual is at least 18 years of age.
  • There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.
  • The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.