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An antagonist is a person who actively opposes or is hostile, passive-aggressive, aggressive-aggressive towards someone or something; an adversary.
Oppositional and Conduct Disorders:
Opposition/Defiant Disorder, one of the oppositional disorders that encompasses a variety of defiant and negative behaviors. When the behavior is more extreme, sometimes dangerous, it involves aggression, which is said to be the result of conduct disorder. Conduct disorders are characterized by defiance, disobedience, and hostility. The bad-boy/bad-girl syndrome may be the result of behavior created by the condition rather than choosing to be bad. Conduct disorder goes unaddressed and is thought to be the precursor to antisocial personality disorder (sociopathy).
A co-existing condition, most common mental health disorders that most suffer include major depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia (mild, long-term depression), and substance abuse. Dysthymia is a chronic depressed mood disturbance that fits certain clinical criteria for depression. It is characterized by depressed mood, lethargy, pessimism, isolation, and detachment. Other co-morbid conditions include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, antisocial behavior, and learning disabilities (dyslexia and auditory processing deficits), (Scattered Minds, Lenard Adler, M.D. with Mari Florence, 2006).
Antisocial: hostile, harmful to organized society, marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norms; it is a personality disorder predisposed to criminality, where lack of remorse resides. It is difficult to diagnose and often times confused with drug abuse.