Dec 4th 2008 By Jeremy Taylor
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About 20 percent of young American adults have a personality disorder which interferes with everyday life, and close to a quarter of the rest abuse drugs or alcohol.
These figures come from more than 5,000 face-to-face interviews with 19-25 year olds -- the most extensive study of its kind.
After drug and alcohol abuse, the most prevalent condition was obsessive-compulsive disorder, which popped up in 8 percent of those surveyed. Antisocial and paranoid behaviors also ranked high.
While the study's authors warn of a need for more mental health services to deal with those who aren't currently getting help
, other experts cautioned that personality disorders are being overdiagnosed.
What is certain is that once half of the population is diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, there needs to be a new word to describe "normal." We nominate "boring."Click here to have Happy Hour Hero delivered to your desktop every pour time.
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