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1 in 5 young adults has a personality disorder? What??

In a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, it was found that substance abuse was the most common mental disorder amongst college-age adults, with personality disorders coming in second. It was found that the most common personality disorder was obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

Take into account the fact that many college students have some type of obsessive or compulsive behaviors – that is how you get through college, particularly graduate school. If you weren’t obsessive or compulsive when you entered graduate school, you will be when you get out.

There is a difference between having the symptoms of a disorder and having the disorder itself. While many college students have compulsive behaviors, only a small percentage meet the criteria for a disorder.

What we should focus on is the fact that the study found that fewer than 25% of college-aged adults with mental illness seek treatment. That is the much bigger issue.

1 in 5 young Americans has personality disorder

By |2016-11-20T07:53:50+00:00December 1st, 2008|Categories: College, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 1 in 5 young adults has a personality disorder? What??

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.