A new study that was just released says that nearly one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs.
The study was released by Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute and the researchers called the widespread lack of treatment particularly worrisome.
Personality disorder, is a class of mental disorders characterized by rigid and on-going patterns of feeling, thinking, and behavior. The inflexibility and pervasiveness of these behavioral patterns often cause serious personal and social difficulties, as well as a general functional impairment.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says that personality disorder is “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it”. These patterns, are due in large part to the fact that such behavior is ego-syntonic and perceived to be appropriate by that individual.
The disorders in the study 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.
Would you know if you had a personality disorder?
There are a lot of different disorders that can afflict a person. Usually, it isn’t until ‘something happens ‘ that someone or a loved one knows to get help.