Narcissistic Personality Disorder Questions & Answers

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Sheenie Ambardar, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What are the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Which psychiatric disorders should be included in the differential diagnoses of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of lab studies in the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of personality tests in the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

How is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) treated?

What are psychotherapy options for the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of psychiatric medications in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

How is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) categorized?

What are the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the dimensional model for diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What are the pathologic personality traits in patients with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What causes narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the object relations theory of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the self-psychology theory of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the prevalence of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) in the US?

What is the global prevalence of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the prognosis of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of patient education in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Where can patients find information about narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings suggest narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Which mental status exam (MSE) findings are characteristic of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What are possible complications of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

DDX

Which other personality disorders need to be differentiated from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

How is borderline personality disorder (BPD) differentiated from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

How is antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) differentiated from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

How are histrionic personality disorder (HPD) differentiated from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

How are DSM axis I disorders differentiated from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Workup

What is included in the workup of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Treatment

What is included in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of psychotherapy in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of group therapy in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is the role of medications in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Which medications in the drug class Mood Stabilizers are used in the treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Antipsychotic Agent are used in the treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?