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Personality Quirks or Disorder? How to Recognize the Difference

Personality disorders are a group of diagnosable mental health conditions that involve the long-term development of seriously dysfunctional personality traits. The specific traits involved depend on the type of disorder affecting a person. You may wonder how the personality disorder definition differs from the everyday personality quirks that appear in many people from all walks of life. The key difference is the effect those quirks or traits have on your ability to maintain a functional daily routine and experience a sense of well-being.

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Narcissistic Personality Traits

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How Common Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) involves an overall approach to life characterized by self-confidence in the extreme: arrogance, self-importance, disregard for the feelings of others and the need for constant admiration. People diagnosed with NPD tend to have a difficult time with intimacy and relationships, and often require narcissistic personality disorder treatment.

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Antisocial Personality Disorder Diagnosis

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5 Ways to Tell If You Have Antisocial Personality Disorder

It can be difficult to determine whether or not you have antisocial personality disorder, since this diagnosis is based on identifying behaviors, not emotions, as problematic. People receiving antisocial personality disorder treatment can learn to change those behaviors, but they first must own up to the fact that they do exist. It can be difficult for someone with antisocial personality disorder to see his or her own behavior as a problem. If you are not sure if you fit the bill, you may wish to ask people who know you well: your friends, your therapist, a probation officer if you have one or other people familiar with your behavior.

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What to Do When You Love Someone With a Personality Disorder

Most of us have had someone in our lives who stirs up trouble. Think of the co-worker who undermines colleagues. Or the parent who’s the master of emotional blackmail, alternately giving, then taking away love and approval. Or the perpetually hostile ex-wife who keeps dragging her former husband back into court.

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Brain Abnormalities Found in Narcissists

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of 10 personality-based conditions defined by the American Psychiatric Association as mental health disorders. People with NPD have a noted lack of ability to feel compassion or empathy, combined with a noted excess of self-regard. Current research indicates that these outward signs of a narcissistic personality are reflections of actual abnormalities within the brain. For instance, according to a study published in 2013 the Journal of Psychiatric Research, NPD-affected individuals apparently have unusual thinness in the part of the brain responsible for producing empathy. They also have unusually high levels of activity in other key brain areas.

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