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Personality Disorders: Risk for

Personality disorders (PDs) represent a significant public health concern in today’s world: They create significant and lasting impairment and distress in the lives of those they affect, they are difficult and expensive to treat, and, more often than not, they involve impairment in interpersonal functioning that negatively influences the lives of friends and family of the disordered individual. Estimations suggest that approximately 15% of adults have at least one PD (5.6% have disorders in Cluster A, 1.5% have disorders in Cluster B, 6.0% have disorders in Cluster C, and 9.1% have any one PD, specified or otherwise). Clearly, this area of psychopathology is a concern not only for the noticeable proportion of the population directly affected by it but also for society as a whole. ...

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