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Doctor insights on: Mild Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms

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Dr. Glen Elliott Dr. Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
39 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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How many people in the u.S. Are diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder?

How many people in the u.S. Are diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder?

Fairly common: Estimates are 8% in males and 5% in females in the us as lifetime prevalence. Since this tends to be a chronic disorders, especially if untreated, that translates pretty closely into you haveing about a 5-8% chance of running into (or being) someone with npd.

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissism (Definition)

A pervasive sense of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior, lack of empathy, need for admiration, fantasies o unlimited success, sense of entitlement, envious of others, often arrogant, exploitive of others as well as other characteristics. Person would definitely benefit by therapy but often by nature of the condition the person doesn't believe that there is ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What is narcissistic personality disorder?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Narcissism: Selfish, inflated self esteem, not care for others' needs or feelings, love of self.

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Dr. Lawrence Smith Dr. Smith
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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What is the narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the narcissistic personality disorder?

Much Self-Importance: It's a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with oneself. As with all personality disorders, a mental health professional diagnoses the disorder after a psychological evaluation of the history and severity of the symptoms. Psychotherapy (talk therapy) may help a person with the disorder improve functioning and relationships with others.

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Dr. Adam Front Dr. Front
Clinical Psychology
23 years in practice
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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Can narcissistic personality disorder be cured?

Can narcissistic personality disorder be cured?

Generally Not: Personality disorders are generally not curable. They can be modified in some cases with a lot of therapy over a long time. However, since those with narcissistic pd are likely to think that if there is a problem then it someone else and not themselves, they often are not very amenable to therapy actually working.

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Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
Clinical Psychology
11 years in practice
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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Could I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Could I have narcissistic personality disorder?

See below: We all have different personality traits at certain points in our lives. If you need to know your diagnosis, you will have to be evaluated face-to-face by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet :)

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Andrew Berry Dr. Berry
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Narcissistic personality disorder, what is this?

Narcissistic personality disorder, what is this?

Grandiosity: The hallmark of a narcissist is grandiosity, feelings of being special, inability to empathize with others, and intolerance of criticism of any kind, real or imagined. The core of a narcissist however, believe it or not, is terrible self-esteem that the narcissist cannot bring him or herself to look at.

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How can you treat narcissistic personality disorder?

How can you treat narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic PD: Treating narcissistic pd requires intensive, long-term psychotherapy with an experienced therapist. These people usually don't seek treatment until marital or work relationship problems cause enough distress to force the issue. They are exquisitely sensitive to slights or criticism, and intense shame and scathing rage can disrupt the therapeutic relationship. The therapist walks a thin line.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is narcissistic personality disorder a serious problem?

YES: It is for the people in the narcissist's life. Narcissist's are insenstive mates. They invest in others to get something back. When there are two pieces of pie, the narcissist will consistently take the big piece. Narcissists often get off on making other people feel inferior & insignificant. The narcissist needs lots of strokes & admiration. Narcissists cause other pain.

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Dr. Martha Stark Dr. Stark
Psychiatry
43 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Any benefit if I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Perhaps some: Often people who are (unhealthily) narcissistic are very charming and impress people enough with their self-confidence and capacity that they manage to rise high in the ranks. Ultimately, such people are rather self-involved, do not tend to appreciate others, and have difficulty participating in mutually satisfying relationships. Many of our politicians are quite narcissistic!

Dr. Missid Ghanem Dr. Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
21 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Who would want to cure narcissistic personality disorder?

Psychotherapists: Many psychotherapists are specifically interested in working with personality disorders and develop a special expertise in this area. Given how prevalent npd is, however, most therapists work with individuals with this diagnosis, or definitely traits of it...

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can the mmpi test identify narcissistic personality disorder?

Yes: An mmpi result could be consistent with a narcissitic personality disorder. However psychological testing results alone should not be used to make the diagnosis. The results can be used to help confirm what is noted with formal evaluation.

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Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

It is hard to know: Without more details. What makes you think they might have this disorder? You can read more about the disorder and see if their personality fits the description, but we can't make that diagnosis online without meeting the perdon.

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Please explain what does narcissistic personality disorder mean?

Narcissim is the: Condition wherein a person focuses very much on his/her own needs and point of view and has very little concern for the point of view of others. When it is a personality disorder it is more deeply ingrained in the psyche of a person and harder to treat. Narcissim can cause major problems in relationships. Peace and good health.

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Dr. Jonathan Shedler Dr. Shedler
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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If someone has narcissistic personality disorder what can we do?

If someone has narcissistic personality disorder what can we do?

Who is "we"?: Narcissistic personality can be treated effectively in psychotherapy, specifically psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy. It is generally long-term therapy. If by "we" you mean friends or family who have to deal with the person (not the person himself/herself), that is a different question.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How could I tell if I have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

Well....: Are you entitled? Indignant? Do you feel superior & look down on others? Do you fantasize about a "perfect" mate? Do you think you walk on water but others are not quite so impressed? Do you demand lots of admiration? Do you think you are special & not well understood by all the comon slobs on the street? Does it make you feel good to put others down? If many +'s - consider getting a psych eval.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Douglas Tavenner Dr. Tavenner
Dentistry
46 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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Please explain who first discovered narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissism History: Reference site: http://psychology.About. Com/od/personalitydisorders/a/narcissisticpd. Htm.

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Dr. Jonathan Shedler Dr. Shedler
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Absolutely: There are subtypes of narcissistic personality, but in general you will find self-importance and grandiosity masking feelings of emptiness and inferiority. In other words, somewhere in the early years, a parent was insufficiently attuned to the child's emotional needs.

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder with fixed and pervasive patterns of inner experience and outer behavior involving grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others. The person expects to be treated as superior, believes s/he is more special than others, and exploits others. Beneath all this lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more