A mental disorder causing dysfunction in thinking, perceiving, and relating to others.
Sociopathy symptoms may begin in childhood and are fully evident for most people during their 20s and 30s. Men are at greater risk.
People with sociopathy often disregard others' rights and tend to antagonize, manipulate, or treat others harshly.
Treatment is involved and includes talk therapy, drugs, and family support. Identifying symptoms early may help improve long-term outcomes.