The relationship between harming behavior and substance use profile, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in antisocial personality disorder
Onur Durmaz
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Article No: 3   Article Type :  Research
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between substance use and harming behavior profile, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in young adult male population diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).

Method: The study enrolled 119 ASPD subjects who reported substance use history. All participants were administered sociodemographic data and clinical information form, Addiction Profile Index (API), and Adult ADD/ADHD DSM IV- Based Diagnostic Screening and Rating Scale (Adult ADHD Scale).

Results: The diagnosis subscale of API and hyperactivity/impulsivity subscale of Adult ADHD Scale scores were significantly higher in subjects with a history of suicide attempt. All subscales of Adult ADHD scale and all API subscales other than motivation subscale scores were significantly higher in forensic cases. In pairwise comparison, attention deficit, hyperactivity/impulsivity and total scores of Adult ADHD scale were significantly higher in moderate and high level addiction groups than low level addiction group. There was a significant correlation between all subscales of Adult ADHD scale and API except motivation subscale.

Conclusion: Our study suggests a considerable relationship between substance use profile and harming behavior, and ADHD symptoms in people with ASPD.
Keywords : Antisocial personality, attention deficit hyperactivity, harming behaviour, substance use
Dusunen Adam The Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences 2017;30:194-201
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