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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Symptoms of NPD
By: Rodney FP Dalisay, MD, DPBP

Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Causes: Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Hospitalization: Treatment on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Psychosocial Treatment: Treatment on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Individual Psychotherapy: Treatment on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Group Therapy: Treatment on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Narcissistic Parents: It's effect on the offspring.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a kind of psychological incapacity to consummate marriage.

1. Personality Disorder is an enduring subjective experience and behaviour that deviate from cultural standards; is rigidly pervasive and maladaptive, with an onset in adolescence or early adulthood; stable through time leads to unhappiness and impairment.

2. A personality disorder is diagnosed when person’s characteristic totality of emotional and behavioural traits appear to differ in a way that exceeds the range of variation found in most people, and when personality traits are rigid, maladaptive, and produce functional impairment of subjective distress.

3. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and lack of empathy beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts as indicated by: a) grandiose sense of self – importance; b) has a sense of entitlement; c) is interpersonally exploitative; d) lack of empathy; e) arrogance, haughty behaviour or attitude and; f) belief that he is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people.

4. The condition speaks of antecedence as it has its onset in late adolescence or early adulthood and continues to adulthood.

5. The condition also speaks of gravity, both as were not able to carry out normative and ordinary duties of marriage and family shouldered by any average spouse existing under ordinary circumstances.

6. The condition also speaks of incurability. The condition is cited in several psychiatric literatures. The 9th Edition of Kaplan’s Synopsis of Psychiatry, The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Psychiatry, 3rd Edition as well as the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, December 1998 issue and the Field Guide to Personality Disorders have the same thing to say that personality traits and/or disorders consist of deeply ingrained attitudes and behaviour pattern that consolidate during development and have to be endured to adulthood that they cannot be readily changed.

7. Generally, people with these conditions are ego-syntonic, that is, they don’t feel anything wrong with their own behaviour and attribute to others their problems for failing to understand them.

8. Being such, they strongly deny that they are mentally ill, reject the idea of seeking professional help and therefore refuse any form of psychiatric treatment.

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