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Definition Return to top
Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with one's self.
Causes Return to top
The cause of this disorder is unknown. Narcissistic personality disorder usually begins by early adulthood.
Symptoms Return to top
A person with narcissistic personality disorder:
Exams and Tests Return to top
Personality disorders are diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms.
Treatment Return to top
Psychotherapy may help the affected person relate to others in a more positive and compassionate manner.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The outcome varies with the severity of the disorder.
Possible Complications Return to top
References Return to top
Moore DP, Jefferson JW. Narcissistic personality disorder. In: Moore DP, Jefferson JW, eds. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2004: chap 140.
Young JQ. Narcissistic personality disorder. In: Ferri FF, ed. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2008: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment. 1st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008.Update Date: 10/17/2008 Updated by: Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Timothy A. Rogge, MD, private practice in Psychiatry, Kirkland, Washington. Also reviewed byDavid Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.