Is There a Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Narcissism?

Is There a Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Narcissism?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 ( DSM-5 ) does not list narcissism as a symptom of bipolar disorder. However, when a person with bipolar experiences an episode of mania, they may display some narcissistic behaviors, such as high levels of confidence, feelings of self-importance, elevated energy levels, and grandiose self-perceptions. Because bipolar and NPD have some similar symptoms, the two conditions can be confused. This can result in people with bipolar being diagnosed with NPD and vice versa. During periods of depression, a person with a bipolar disorder might also display narcissistic characteristics. For example, a...

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