Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises
People who have narcissistic personality disorder may seem to be in control, yet are deeply insecure inside. Their relationships may suffer as well as their job, since they act as if they’re better than others, cannot take criticism and are determined that they have all the answers – until their lives begins to unravel. Drugs and alcohol may be abused as a means of coping with mounting symptoms.
Some of Promises’ clients seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment also have narcissistic personality disorder symptoms. Upon admission, each client participates in thorough psychiatric assessments to determine all the issues they struggle with. Our clinicians create highly individualized treatment plans that attend to primary disorders as well as co-occurring mental health disorders and trauma.
What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
Narcissistic personality disorder is a focus on the self and self-admiration that is taken to the extreme. Focusing on themselves to such a great extent, individuals with narcissistic personality disorder often have grandiose fantasies about their achievements, importance, success and looks. They have difficulty maintaining healthy close relationships, are often argumentative or combative, believe in their own superiority, are easily frustrated, are envious of others and take quick umbrage to any form of criticism.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms
Externally, a person with narcissistic personality disorder may appear to be supremely self-confident, but on the inside, they’re likely to be teeming with insecurity and act in dramatic and bizarre ways to fill their extraordinary need for attention.
Some narcissistic personality disorder symptoms include:
- Appears to be tough-minded or without emotion
- Arrogance, or haughty attitude or behaviors
- Belief in being better than others
- Constantly seeks attention and admiration
- Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
- Easily hurt, although may not show it
- Entitlement, or belief in being entitled to special consideration or treatment
- Envious or jealous of others, and believing others are jealous of them
- Exaggerates achievements or talents
- Expects others to go along with their ideas and plans
- May take advantage of others to reach goals
- Fantasizes about power, success and attractiveness
- Fragile self-esteem
- Lack of empathy or ability to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
- Reacts with rage, shame or humiliation to criticism
- Self-centered and boastful
- Shows disdain for others they deem inferior
- Unrealistic in setting personal goals
People with these symptoms may need specialized narcissistic personality disorder treatment in order to move past the emotional issues fueling these behaviors and learn to have a healthy relationship with themselves and others.
Causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The exact causes of narcissistic personality disorder are unknown, yet there are a number of theories about its origins. These theories center on biological vulnerabilities, social interactions with early caregivers (parents and others), and psychological factors that involve temperament and the ability to manage life stresses.
Excessive pampering by parents or parents who insist on their children being special or talented as a way of propping up their own self-esteem is thought by some researchers to potentially lead to the child developing narcissistic personality disorder. Some believe that an abusive childhood could lead to the development of the personality disorder, particularly neglect, abuse or trauma inflicted upon children by parents or other authority figures.
What most researchers agree on, however, is that there is likely no single cause of narcissistic personality disorder. Rather, it is believed to be the complex and intertwined nature of biological, social and psychological factors.
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