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Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder

Introduction

You may have met someone who has been diagnosed with both Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. It is worth noting that Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder both have a grandiosity component to them.  However, why would someone be diagnosed with both Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder.  This article will describe the similarities between the two disorders.

What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

In my previous articles, I have described the symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorder.  Therefore, in this article, I will just describe the symptoms associated with Antisocial Personality Disorder.  According to https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/antisocial-personality-disorder, the following represent the symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder:

  • Disregard for society’s laws
  • Violation of the physical or emotional rights of others
  • Lack of stability in job and home life
  • Lack of remorse
  • Superficial wit and charm
  • Recklessness, impulsivity
  • A childhood diagnosis (or symptoms consistent with) conduct disorder

How are Bipolar Disorder And Antisocial Personality Disorder Similar?

According to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253316/, the following can be stated about the relationship between Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder:

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and bipolar disorder are both characterized by impulsive behavior, increased incarceration or arrest, addictive disorders and suicidal behavior. These characteristics appear more severe in the combined disorders. Individuals with ASPD who also have bipolar disorder have higher rates of addictive disorders and suicidal behavior and are more impulsive, as measured by questionnaires or behavioral laboratory tests. Those with bipolar disorder who have ASPD have higher rates of addictive, criminal and suicidal behavior, earlier onset of bipolar disorder with a more recurrent and predominately manic course and increased laboratory-measured, but not questionnaire-rated, impulsivity. These characteristics may result in part from differential impulsivity mechanisms in the two disorders, with bipolar disorder driven more by excessive catecholamine sensitivity and ASPD by deficient serotonergic function.

To summarize, individuals with Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder are both impulsive.  They also have increased incarceration or arrests. Individuals with Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder also have addictive behaviors and suicidal behavior.

Conclusion

Yes, Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder is a personality disorder.  However, Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder are quite similar to one another, as well.  To explain further, the grandiosity component leads individuals with Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder to act on impulse and sometimes even get in trouble with the law.  With that said, Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder definitely have overlaps.

 

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Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). Bipolar Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/12/bipolar-disorder-and-antisocial-personality-disorder/

 

Last updated: 11 Dec 2016
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