Diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A diagnosis is made via a medical professional’s evaluation, based on specific criteria.

For medical professionals to diagnose narcissistic personality disorder, individuals must persistently have an inflated view of self-worth, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy, as shown by at least five of the following:

  • They have an exaggerated, unfounded sense of their own importance and talents (grandiosity).
  • They are preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited achievements, influence, power, intelligence, beauty, or perfect love.
  • They believe that they are special and unique and should associate only with people of the highest calibre.
  • They need to be unconditionally admired.
  • They feel entitled.
  • They exploit others to achieve their own goals.
  • They lack empathy.
  • They envy others and believe that others envy them.
  • They are arrogant and haughty.

Also, symptoms must have begun by early adulthood.

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