Challenges in Diagnosing Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Challenges in Diagnosing Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Do you know of someone who seems to only care about their needs, only to brush off yours? Do you know someone who acts as though they’re better than everyone else? Narcissism is a spectrum disorder, and a healthy amount of narcissism is okay – but if narcissistic levels are too high, a person may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) without even realizing it. If you think that you or a loved one may have this disorder, it’s important to understand why this disorder is often overlooked – and with the right tools and information, you can move forward in the right direction for you or you loved one’s needs.

Help Guide explains that NPD is, “…a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration.”

Others may view someone as being manipulative, selfish, or even patronizing – but it can be hard to tell whether a person has a true personality disorder over someone who just acts on narcisstistic tendies every now and then. Earlier this year, writer Katie Heaney noted a book on The Cut titled, Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprisingly Good – About Feeling Special; the author of this book, clinical psychologist and Harvard Medical School lecturer Craig Malkin explained that narcissism is something that we all have – it’s a universal tendency that, in many cases, can help us do well in interviews, dream hard, work towards our goals and more.

The disorder itself is when tendencies of narcissism get taken to the extreme – it’s the need to feel special; with this disorder, a person is typically willing to lie, steal, cheat, or do whatever it takes in order to feel at the level where they want to be.

If you’re ready to restore your mind, body and spirit from NPD, substance abuse and/or other conditions, please speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.

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