One in 20 Suffers from Personality Disorder

By Shaikh, Thair | The Independent (London, England), May 2, 2006 | Go to article overview
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One in 20 Suffers from Personality Disorder


Shaikh, Thair, The Independent (London, England)


Almost one in 20 people in the UK has a personality disorder, according to a study. The research also found that men were more likely to suffer from disorders than women and that the most common condition was obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Sufferers of OCD, of which there are an estimated two million, include David Beckham, who has admitted he has an addiction to tidiness.

The study, conducted by The British Journal of Psychiatry, found that those who had been in care were more likely to suffer from disorders and were three times more likely to suffer from paranoid or schizoid disorders, where they felt withdrawn or isolated. Researchers interviewed 8,886 people, followed by in-depth discussions with 638 people.

Professor Jeremy Coid of the University of London said he hoped the findings would lead to better preventive treatments, especially for the young. "The question is, where should you divert your resources?

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