Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) affects nearly 1 percent of adults, according to Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a statistics site. However, many of these individuals find themselves in rehabilitation facilities for drugs, which are commonly used to cope with the condition.
Recently, experts announced that the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has eliminated five out of 10 defined personality disorders. One of them is NPD, according to the New York Times.
Harvard psychiatrist John Gunderson is one of many experts who opposes the manual, which is scheduled to be released in 2013. Gunderson calls the researchers behind the study “unenlightened” and believes that the decision will negatively impact individuals with the condition in the future. Experts say that diagnosing NPD is crucial to helping people receive treatment for the illness.
Nearly 75 percent of individuals who suffer from NPD are men, according to Narcissistic Personality Disorder. People who have the condition are more likely to reckless behavior, including substance abuse. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals manage NPD and detoxify over time. However, people who fail to seek treatment for NPD or receive a diagnosis may be prone to making unhealthy lifestyle choices.