Personality Disorder: A Mental Health Priority Area

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2017 Sep;51(9):872-875. doi: 10.1177/0004867417717798. Epub 2017 Jul 6.


Personality disorders have received limited recognition as a public health priority, despite the publication of treatment guidelines and reviews showing effective treatments are available. Inclusive approaches to understanding and servicing personality disorder are required that integrate different service providers. This viewpoint paper identifies pertinent issues surrounding early intervention, treatment needs, consumer and carer experiences, and the need for accurate and representative data collection in personality disorder as starting points in mental health care reform.

Keywords: Personality disorder; consumer and carer; data reporting; early intervention; treatment needs.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Data Collection / standards*
  • Early Medical Intervention / standards*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / standards*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / standards*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Personality Disorders / therapy*