Narcissistic Personality Disorder Overview

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental condition where the people effected have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they're not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them. Effective treatments include, psychotherapy combined with biological treatments. This can include medication for disorders like depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other condition we have proven treatments for.

Signs and Symptoms

  1. Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  2. Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  3. Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  4. Exaggerate achievements and talents
  5. Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  6. Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  7. Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  8. Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  9. Take advantage of others to get what they want
  10. Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  11. Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  12. Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
  13. Insist on having the best of everything (e.g. the best car or office)


  • Relationship difficulties
  • Problems at work or school
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Physical health problems
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

Stigma of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The biggest stigma of narcissistic personality disorder comes from the overuse of the word narcissistic or narcissism. People tend to use these words whenever someone does something selfish, or placing themselves higher than others, even when it is not truly narcissistic. Due to this, narcissistic personality disorder has become a insult more than an actual disorder. People also stigmize narcissistic personality disorder by calling people with it bad or toxic, when it isn't the case. People with narcissistic personality disorder have a lack of empathy, so they don't realize when they are hurting someone else and do everything in their power to succeed.