Narcissistic Personality Disorder
An enduring and pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy.
Is there a test for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with narcissistic personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:
Have other people ever told you that you think too highly of yourself?
Do you often dream about the power, the recognition, or the ideal relationship you will have one day?
Are you often annoyed by service staff (e.g., waiters, drivers)?
Do you often request special treatment or exceptions to existing rules?
Have others ever complained that you are taking advantage of them?
Are you often bored with other people's problems?
Have others ever complained that you don't listen to them?
Are there people you know personally that you hate or despise?
Do you often have the impression that others are jealous of you?
Do you feel like you perform better or achieve more than other people?
If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have narcissistic personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.
What are the symptoms of Narcissitic Personality Disorder?
Narcissistic Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:
Dissatisfaction with past achievements and constant striving for more
Recurring difficulties in interpersonal relationships and complete relationship-breakdowns
Feeling like you're not good enough if you're not doing enough
Intense anger and outbursts of anger
Experiencing guilt, shame, and embarrassment as almost unbearable
If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.