Natural History

The disorder is chronic, although it tends to be worse early in its course, and patients tend to improve with advancing age. In a 30-year follow-up study, Robins (1966) found that of 82 antisocial subjects, 12% were in remission, and another 20% were deemed improved; the remaining subjects were considered as disturbed, or more disturbed than at the study onset. The median age for improvement was 35 years.

Psychiatric comorbidity is common, and many antisocial persons suffer from an alcohol or drug use disorder, a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder, or an attention-deficit disorder (ADD). Sexual dysfunction, paraphilias, other personality disorders (e.g., borderline personality), and impulse control disorders (e.g., pathological gambling) are also frequent. Risk for death from suicide or homicide is elevated.

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