Mental Illness in America
How Widespread Are Personality Disorders?
Prevalence of Personality Disorders in America
In 2008, NBC News reported that almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs. This they got from a study conducted at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute.
The disorders include problems such as obsessive or compulsive tendencies and anti-social behavior that can sometimes lead to violence. The study also found that fewer than 25 percent of college-aged Americans with mental problems get treatment.
Counting substance abuse, the study found that nearly half of young people surveyed have some sort of psychiatric condition, including students and non-students.
Personality disorders were the second most common problem behind drug or alcohol abuse as a single category. The disorders include obsessive, anti-social and paranoid behaviors that are not mere quirks but actually interfere with ordinary functioning.
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