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1 in 5 young adults has personality disorder

Posted Dec 03 2008 2:33pm
Come on. 20% of young people have a personality disorder? Wikipedia (not my favorite source, but I'm short on time.) offers this definition of personality disorders:
Personality disorders are defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as " an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it". [ 1 ] These patterns, as noted, are inflexible and pervasive across many situations, due in large part to the fact that such behavior is ego-syntonic (i.e., the patterns are consistent with the ego integrity of the individual), and therefore, perceived to be appropriate by that individual.
8% with obsessive compulsive personality disorder? 12% with anxiety disorders?
Counting substance abuse, the study found that nearly half of young people surveyed have some sort of psychiatric condition, including students and non-students.
So, if a young person is seated in from of a psychiatrist, they have a 1 in 2 chance of being diagnosed with a psychiatric condition?

If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.
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