Personality Disorders: Introduction | General Considerations | Specific Personality Disorders | Conclusion | Key Points | Suggested Readings | References
Clinicians frequently encounter patients with
personality disorders in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
Studies indicate that at least 50% of patients evaluated
in clinical settings have a personality disorder (Zimmerman et al. 2005), often comorbid with an Axis I disorder, making
personality disorders among the most frequently seen by mental health
professionals. Personality disorders are also common in the general
population, with an estimated prevalence of about 12% (Torgersen 2005).