In this episode, we will talk about the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). We will analyse the nine traits determined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to diagnose the narcissistic disorder.
We will also talk about covert narcissists, the difficulties with getting a diagnosis and how it impacts the victims of abuse, and the issues with medicalising NPD.
What You Will Learn In This Episode:
– What are the nine traits established by the DSM to diagnose a narcissistic personality disorder?
– Why we say that there are much more than nine traits that we should look at
– Why it is hard to get the NPD diagnosis, and how that affects the victim of narcissistic abuse
– What a covert narcissist is, and why we consider them the most dangerous type of narcissists
As narcissists would rarely recognise they have a problem, getting a diagnosis becomes almost impossible. This adds pressure to their victims who are looking for help, and that is why we need to be careful when we hear that someone is a narcissist, and be ready to listen to the victims.