Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder in Forensic Settings
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Elliott Carthy and David Murphy. Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder in Forensic Settings. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online December 2021, 49 (4) 462-469;
In this editorial, we start from the premise that the commonly held association of ASDs and violence is a misconception. We discuss topics that repeatedly arise in our clinical practice in treating men with an ASD and ASPD in a high security environment: whether ASDs are uniquely associated with violence; what the term “autistic psychopathy” (AP) means in clinical practice today as it relates to empathy and antisocial behavior; whether a person with an ASD can and should be diagnosed with a comorbid ASPD.
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