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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 177-180

Comparative study of personality disorder associated with deliberate self harm in two different age groups (15-24 years and 45-74 years)

1 Department of Psychiatry, R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkatta, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, Medical College, Kolkata, India
3 Institute of Psychiatry, N.R.S. Medical College, Kolkata, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, N.R.S. Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Saswati Nath
Department of Psychiatry, R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.43630

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Aims: To study the presence of personality disorder in cases of deliberate self harm (DSH) in young (15-24 years) and elderly (45-74 years) and compare. Materials and Methods: Deliberate self harm cases admitted in Medical and surgical departments and cases attending psychiatry department of R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata were studied. For diagnosis of personality disorder ICD 10 International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) questionnaire was used. Results: Percentage of elderly patients having personality disorder (64%) was higher compared to young DSH patients (58.5%). In young group, most common disorder was emotionally unstable personality disorder (28.6%) and in elderly group most common was anankastic type of personality disorder (36%). Schizoid, dissocial, histrionic, and anxious-avoidant personality disorders were found in small percentages of cases. Conclusion: Among DSH patients, the most common personality disorder found in young age was Emotionally unstable (Impulsive and Borderline) personality disorder, but most common personality disorder found in elderly patients was Anankastic personality disorder.



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