Category Archives: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Question about DSM billing codes

I know these codes are only used for billing purposes, but I always wondered why they are numbered/ordered the way they are. Can anyone shed some light on why the decimal digits skip so many places and why the PD’s … Continue reading

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6 Signs of Narcissism You May Not Know About (Psychology Today)

Interesting article about the lesser-known indicators of narcissism from Psychology Today. Contrary to popular opinion, narcissists do not love themselves, only their image. I agree with Dr. Seltzer that these six traits should be added to the official diagnostic criteria … Continue reading

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My daughter is officially BPD, not NPD!

So, my daughter finally agreed to see a psychiatrist and took a battery of tests and interviews in his office. She got her her official diagnosis. She has a number of mental issues but I am so thankful NPD isn’t … Continue reading

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Sociopath vs. psychopath: is there a difference?

I’ve been using the terms psychopath and sociopath interchangeably on this blog, even though I’m aware there are differences between the two. I was curious enough to Google what the difference is, and came across an article in Psychology Today … Continue reading

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Is antisocial personality disorder really NPD on crack?

I have to admit I’ve been confused by the distinctions between the Cluster B personality disorders, especially those of NPD and ASPD. There seems to be little distinction in most literature between NPD and ASPD (antisocial personality disorder) with most … Continue reading

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