Friday, 20 April 2012

NPD: an explanation

The "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," 4th edition, 1994 (DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association defines Narcissist Personality Disorder (NPD) as: "A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy".
If you recognise any of the symptoms below in your partner, the universal advice is to "Get out as fast as you can". A person with NPD cannot be cured, and your efforts to try and help them will be ignored, or ridiculed and abused.
This blog is intended to help victims of narcissistic abuse, as the abused are often told not to share their experiences. Professional advice is that one should open up and release any feelings of insecurity and hurt, and get really angry, but not to fixate on those feelings. Only then can you start again. The person quoted below had been visiting a psychiatrist for over a decade, and was clinically defined as having a personality disorder.