Great news for the Narcissist in Chief – Narcissistic Personality Disorder will be eliminated from the DSM5.
The New York Times reported:
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (due out in 2013, and known as DSM-5) has eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition.
Narcissistic personality disorder is the most well-known of the five, and its absence has caused the most stir in professional circles.
Most nonprofessionals have a pretty good sense of what narcissism means, but the formal definition is more precise than the dictionary meaning of the term.
Our everyday picture of a narcissist is that of someone who is very self-involved — the conversation is always about them. While this characterization does apply to people with narcissistic personality disorder, it is too broad. There are many people who are completely self-absorbed who would not qualify for a diagnosis of N.P.D.
The central requirement for N.P.D. is a special kind of self-absorption: a grandiose sense of self, a serious miscalculation of one’s abilities and potential that is often accompanied by fantasies of greatness. It is the difference between two high school baseball players of moderate ability: one is absolutely convinced he’ll be a major-league player, the other is hoping for a college scholarship.
That’s not the only good news. While more and more Americans are becoming dependent on the federal government for their very existence, Dependent Personality Disorder is also getting the axe. I’m sure some histrionic media types will weigh in, and may want to note that Histrionic Disorder is also out.
The other disorders being eliminated are Paranoid and Schizoid. I suppose the 9/11 Truthers will be glad to hear that.
In all seriousness, mental health practitioners are concerned about the changes. It will complicate treatment. And can you imagine the headaches their staffs will endure with the billing changes that are sure to result? I wonder how many diagnosis codes are tied to those five disorders.
Note: According to the APA website, the DSM5 will not be released until 2013 and it doesn’t appear these changes are set in stone.