Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnostic Criteria

The formal diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder rests on these symptoms, which can be evaluated by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder According to the ICD-10

The following information is reproduced verbatim from the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992. (Since the WHO updates the overall ICD on a regular basis, individual classifications within it may or may not change from year to year; therefore, you should always check directly with the WHO to be sure of obtaining the latest revision for any particular individual classification.)

F60.8 Narcissistic Personality Disorder

While the ICD-10 does not specifically define the characteristics of this personality disorder, it is classified in the category “Other Specific Personality Disorders”.

ICD-10 states that Narcissistic Personality Disorder is “a personality disorder that fits none of the specific rubrics F60.0-F60.7”. That is, this personality disorder does not meet the diagnostic criteria for any of the following:

  • F60.0 Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • F60.1 Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • F60.2 Dissocial (Antisocial) Personality Disorder
  • F60.3 Emotionally unstable (borderline) Personality Disorder
  • F60.4 Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • F60.5 Anankastic (Obsessive-Compulsive) Personality Disorder
  • F60.6 Anxious (Avoidant) Personality Disorder
  • F60.7 Dependent Personality Disorder

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  • eccentric, “haltlose” type, immature, narcisstic, passive-aggressive, and psychoneurotic personality disorder

Diagnostic Guidelines

Please see the separate set of notes which apply to all personality disorders in the ICD-10 system of classification: ICD Notes Common to the Diagnostic Criteria for Each Personality Disorder.

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