15 Percent of Americans Have Personality Disorders

Close to 31 million American adults--almost 15 percent of the population--meet standard diagnostic criteria for at least one personality disorder as defined in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), according to the results of a landmark government study. More than 43,000 American adults participated in the survey from 2001 to 2002, and the results broke down as follows:

  • 7.9 percent of adults had obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • 4.4 percent had paranoid personality disorder
  • 3.6 percent had antisocial personality disorder
  • 3.1 percent had schizoid personality disorder
  • 2.4 percent had avoidant personality disorder
  • 1.8 percent had histrionic personality disorder
  • 0.5 percent had dependent personality disorder

Some of the risk factors for personality disorders included being Native American or Black, being a young adult, having low socioeconomic status, and being divorced, separated, widowed, or never married. Of course your emotional and mental health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing. The Insight audio CD, which I personally listen to and now recommend to my patients, is a terrific way to easily and quickly achieve the benefits of years of meditation, thereby decreasing your "nuttiness" factor.

Science Blog August 2, 2004

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