The Personality Type Linked To Poor Mental Health

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This personality type affects
around one in six people in the US.
People with personality
disorders are at double the risk of developing mental health problems by
35-years-old, research finds.
People with personality
disorders are more likely to be socially disadvantaged, separated or divorced.
By 35, people with personality
disorders are almost twice as likely to be experiencing depression and/or
Personality disorders affect
around one in six people in the US.
three most common personality disorders in the US are:

  1. Obsessive-compulsive
    personality disorder.
  2. Paranoid personality disorder.
  3. Antisocial personality
personality disorder (OCPD) is one of the most well-known of personality
Those with OCPD are typically
perfectionists who are also highly fearful or anxious.
They want to control
everything and find it very hard to relax.
In contrast, those with a
paranoid personality disorder are extremely mistrustful of others.
They are very sensitive and
are always on the lookout for things that confirm their worst fears: that
everyone is out to get them.
They assume others are
hostile, they bear grudges and find it hard to have an emotional connection with
Finally, people with an
antisocial personality disorder typically have no regard for other people’s
feelings or judgments.
They see themselves as free of
society’s rules and standards and are similar to what we think of as a
Paul Moran, who led the Australian study of 1,520 people, said:
“At the age of 24, personality
disorder was already linked with social disadvantage, substance misuse and poor
mental health. Eleven years later, the presence of personality pathology predicted
the occurrence of anxiety and depression, as well as the absence of long-term
relationships. What is most striking is that these associations were not due to
pre-existing mental health, substance use or social problems. People with
personality disorder appear to be a distinctly vulnerable group with regards to
future mental health and relationship problems.”
The study was published in the
The Lancet Psychiatry (Moran et al., 2016).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.