This is a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, lack of empathy, and hypersensitivity to others' evaluations and self-criticism. Despite outward success, self-esteem tends to be fragile and there is a need for constant admiration. Despite fantasies of beauty, brilliance, and success, genuine pleasure is rarely acceptable since these feelings of grandiosity may lead to exaggerated feelings of failure.
Previously called Organic Mental Syndromes, these disorders are brain dysfunctions manifested in cognitive deficits.
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