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Running With Scissors

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Baillie Riddell

on 8 April 2011

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Transcript of Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors Mental Illness Narcissistic Personality Disorder What is it?
dramatic personailty disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves.
The Characters Augusten Burroughs Deirdre's psychiatrist
Dr. Finch's psychiatric ways are unconventional and different, makes his patients worse, unknowingly, instead of curing them, giving them unmarked medicines, using techniques that upset them, and overall encouraging their behavior. Dr. Finch Deirdre Burroughs Narcissistic personality disorder
obsessed with becoming a famous poet, she divorces her husband, NOrman Burroughs, and gives away her son to her psychiatrist Hope Natalie Agnes Symptoms React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
Have excessive feelings of self-importance Exaggerate achievements and talents

Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence or ideal love Have unreasonable expectations of favourable treatment Need constant attention and admiration

Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy
Have obsessive self-interest Pursue mainly selfish goals

Narcissistic personality disorder is diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms
Psychotherapy may help the affected person relate to other people in a more positive and compassionate way.
Talk Therapy
group therapy
Hospitalization Treatment Fin [NPD] Causes Unknown.
Mental health professionals believe it results from extremes in child rearing.
Might develop as the result of excessive pampering, or when a child's parents have a need for their children to be talented or special in order to maintain their own self-esteem.
Narcissistic personality disorder might develop as the result of neglect or abuse and trauma inflicted by parents or other authority figures during childhood. The disorder usually is evident by early adulthood.

Statistics According to DSM (THe DIagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) statistics, about 1% of the population suffers from Narcissistic Personaltiy Disorder
50-75% of narcissists are men
Narcissistic Personaltiy Disorder is often diagnosed with other mental health disorders, such as substance abuse.
many cases of narcissistic personality disorder are misdiagnosed as Schizophrenia there is no cure for narcissistic personaltiy disorder Movie vs. Reality Augusten Burroughs commented that Annette Bening "captured the essence of his mothers illness, and that he could see it in her eyes."
very well portrayed Augusten BUrroughs movie clip
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