DSM Characteristics for NPD

Just in case you were wondering, I’ve copied and pasted these for you.  Please note that these are guidelines and a true diagnosis must come from a psychiatrist.  Good luck with that.  Most NPD won’t see a psychiatrist unless something like a court order demands it.

Diagnostic criteria for 301.81 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
(cautionary statement)
  

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 

(1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements) 

(2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love 

(3) 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) 

(4) requires excessive admiration 

(5) has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations 

(6) is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends 

(7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others 

(8) is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her 

(9) shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association     

Have you  noticed any of these traits in your loved one?  If you notice a preponderance of them,  you might have an N on your hands.

 

 

 

 

 

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