Peter Case Study

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According to the vignette, the appropriate diagnosis for Peter is antisocial personality disorder with borderline features. According to the DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), “antisocial personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others” (324). For this disorder, one must have three of the given symptoms: failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors (repeated acts that could lead to arrest), deceitfulness (repeated lying, using aliases or conning others for personal pleasure or profit), impulsivity or failure to plan ahead, irritability and aggressiveness (repeated physical fights or assaults), reckless disregard for safety of self or others, consistent irresponsibility (failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations), and lack of remorse (being indifferent or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another) (324-325). In Peter’s case, he repeatedly participates in various acts that could get him arrested such as using marijuana, stealing a television, car, and two laptop computers from his wife, using someone else’s…show more content…
Antisocial and borderline have different but similar symptoms that overlap one another. The overlapping symptoms that Peter has are: impulsive issues and participated in activities that are self-damaging – including excessive spending on Wendy’s credit card and he admits to using substances such as marijuana and alcohol. He is irritable and has anger issues – he is currently in the emergency room due to a physical altercation with Wendy and we are unsure if this is the only physical fight they have had. He has identity issues and uses multiple aliases. His relationships are unstable with others; he is currently involved with two women, and is always on the move trying to avoid or meet new
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