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Hermes

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NPD - not to be underestimated
« on: January 31, 2008, 08:34:44 AM »
This is about a young boy in U.K. who butchered his parents.  He was diagnosed with NPD.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4633843.stm

"Psychopathic 'link'



Personality disorders expert and consultant forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes, from Manchester, said: "Many psychopaths have narcissistic traits, and you most often see NPD when treating psychopaths.

"That is not to say that everyone with NPD is a psychopath, or that every psychopath is narcissistic - but they go together in a lot of cases."


  It is good to think highly of yourself - but for these people it is out of control

Personality disorders expert and consultant forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes


Thinking themselves "above the rules that the rest of us work to", sufferers committed extreme, cynical and violent crimes to satisfy their needs, Ms Daynes added.

With "a great feeling of entitlement", they felt entitled to other people's respect, admiration and money and could be "very callous", Ms Daynes added.

She said: "It is good to think highly of yourself - but for these people it is out of control. It has gone off the scale."

The Mental Health Foundation website says at least three of the symptoms of the disorder need to be present for diagnosis.

"Like other personality disorders, narcissistic personality disorder is a controversial diagnosis," it adds.

"At present there is no consensus as to its causes or treatment."