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Narcissistic Personality Disorder Overview

What is narcissistic personality disorder?
A person with narcissistic personality disorder has a mental illness that results in an abnormal love of one's self, self-centeredness, and the inability to see the effects of one's behavior on others. Persons with this condition may be impulsive, and tend to be unhappy with life and relationships.

What are the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder?
Symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder include exaggerating talents or accomplishments, entitlement, exploiting others, a lack of concern for others, and arrogance. Those with narcissistic personality disorder tend to blame others for their problems, have difficulty with personal relationships, and can easily become overwhelmed by normal everyday situations.

How does the doctor treat narcissistic personality disorder?
Treatment for narcissistic personality disorder may include a support group, mental health counseling, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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