Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms as Narcissistic 
Personality Disorder, such as: 
 Histrionic Personality Disorder
 Antisocial Personality Disorder
 Borderline Personality Disorder
 Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
 Schizotypal Personality Disorder
 Paranoid Personality Disorder
 . . . 


 Wow! If you're a psychiatrist you get lots of chances to change your diagnosis 
don't you? And even when you've gone through the alphabet you still haven't 
cured your patient.

 The existence of a book like "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental 
Disorders" makes me nostalgic for the days of R.D. Laing and anti-psychiatry. 

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 Yep, thanks. 

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 Narcissism, as in excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical 
appearance. noun (See egotism) definition:
 • Psychology; extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents 
and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.
 • Psychoanalysis; self-centeredness arising from failure to distinguish the 
self from external objects, either in very young babies or as a feature of 
mental disorder.
 Someone with Narcissistic Personality disorder (NPD) has at least 5 of these 
 has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and 
talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate 
achievements) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, 
brilliance, beauty, or ideal love believes that he or she is "special" and 
unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special 
or high-status people (or institutions) requires excessive admiration has a 
sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable 
treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations is 
interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or 
her own ends lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the 
feelings and needs of others is often envious of others or believes that others 
are envious of him or her shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes 
Associated Features: Depressed Mood, Dramatic or Erratic or Antisocial 
 Differential Diagnosis. Not everyone who acts like a narcissist is one. 
 Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms such as: 
Personality Disorder;
 Antisocial Personality Disorder; 
Personality Disorder;
 Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder;
chizotypal Personality Disorder;
 Paranoid Personality Disorder;
 Hypomanic Episodes;
 Personality Change Due to a General Medical 
 Symptoms that may develop in association with chronic substance 
 Psychology Today: A Field Guide To Narcissism Link
 Here are some more signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder to look out for:
 Jealousy and possessiveness Excessive need to feel special, adored, loved, 
appreciated, or admired Rage attacks when you do not sufficiently meet his/her 
needs Controlling behaviors (trying to control how you spend your time, who you 
talk to, how you dress, etc.) Inflated self-esteem, or grandiosity (bragging, 
"fishing" for compliments) Dramatic, insecure behaviors Expecting you to take 
responsibility for making him/her feel better about him/herself Blaming you for 
behaviors or feelings (i.e., "YOU made me do this," or "YOU made me feel this 
way.") Not taking responsibility for angry behavior and justifying angry 
outbursts An attitude that demonstrates "the world revolves around me" and "you 
need to cater to my ideas, opinions, thoughts, and feelings." An unwillingness 
to reflect on his/her own behaviors
Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important
They don't mean to do harm ­ 
But the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle 
To think well of themselves.
 T. S. Eliot

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