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. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <email@example.com> wrote: Yep, thanks. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Definitions 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 symptoms: 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 Personality Differential Diagnosis. Not everyone who acts like a narcissist is one. Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms such as: http://www.narcissism101.com/Beginning/personalitydisor.html â¨ http://www.narcissism101.com/Beginning/personalitydisor.htmlHistrionic Personality Disorder;â¨ Antisocial Personality Disorder; â¨Borderline Personality Disorder;â¨ Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder;â¨S chizotypal Personality Disorder;â¨ Paranoid Personality Disorder;â¨ Manic Episodes;â¨ Hypomanic Episodes;â¨ Personality Change Due to a General Medical Condition;â¨ Symptoms that may develop in association with chronic substance use. Psychology Today: A Field Guide To Narcissism Link http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20051209-000005.html 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 behaviorsâ¨ 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