What is the prognosis of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Sheenie Ambardar, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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The natural history of NPD, like those of all personality disorders, is unfavorable, and the condition is typically lifelong. However, many patients can and do show improvement with appropriate treatment. Research also suggests that corrective life events, such as new achievements, stable relationships, and manageable disappointments, can lead to considerable improvement in the level of pathologic narcissism over time. [11]

Patients diagnosed with NPD are more likely to have comorbid axis I diagnoses, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, substance-related disorders (specifically related to cocaine and alcohol), anxiety disorders, and anorexia nervosa. [12, 13]


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