Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 1 month ago

Is a psychopathy a mental illness?

Why aren't there medications for psychopaths unlike other mental illnesses?

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Although considered to be a disorder of personality, there has never been an entry for psychopathy in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as of its fifth edition. Psychopathy is sometimes considered to be similar to Antisocial Personality Disorder, which is an Axis II disorder in the DSM; yet, there are a number of important differences. Namely, Antisocial Personality Disorder does not feature the emotional deficits and lack of complex human emotions and attachments that are the hallmark features of psychopathy.

    People with these disorders are untreatable and cannot be involuntarily admitted to a hospital. Psychopathy is the disorder that is most predictive of a person's future aggression and foreseeable harm to others.

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