Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Personality disorders can be complicated, both for those experiencing them and the people around them. Several disorders fall within this category, and they can all manifest in different ways. It’s important to learn about the symptoms of personality disorders so that you can watch out for them and provide support if someone in your life is struggling. 

What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), or classic narcissism, is one type of personality disorder that affects between 1% to 15% of the United States population. It is a multifaced condition that can develop from both genetic and environmental risk factors. Some symptom patterns include:

  • Preoccupied with fantasies of success
  • A need for excessive admiration
  • Lack of empathy
  • Arrogance
  • High sense of entitlement

People with this disorder often think that they’re the most important person in the world. It can be hard for them to put the needs of others before their own. They may find it challenging to empathize because of an over-inflated sense of self-esteem. Manipulation is another trait typically seen in those with this disorder.

Overcome Narcissistic Personality Disorder With Treatment

It can be difficult to have conversations with people who have NPD, as they typically usually want the conversation to revolve around them. Working with a mental health professional is a great way to manage symptoms like that, as they can provide the individual with practical tools and advice. Finding a trusted professional is essential so the individual feels they can truly listen to their guidance.

Many people with NPD find that psychotherapy is an incredibly effective way to reduce their symptoms. Some therapists specialize in personality disorders, so it can be helpful to research and find someone who can provide expert advice. At Avalon Malibu, our staff has experience working with clients that have personality disorders. We take pride in our ability to provide our clients with a high level of support.

When Substance Use Disorder Co-Occurs

Like many behavioral health disorders, it is common for NPD to co-occur with substance use disorders (SUD). One study found that affective disorders and SUDs were the most prevalent comorbid disorders in individuals who were struggling with NPD. Having multiple disorders can make recovery more complex, but treatment is still possible. To achieve effective and long-lasting recovery, treatment must word to address both NPD and SUD simultaneously.

If you or someone you know is struggling with narcissistic personality disorder, consider reaching out for help. Working with a trained mental health professional is a great way to learn more about symptom management and treatment options. We believe in the power of therapy and community to help you overcome mental health disorders. At Avalon Malibu, we provide treatment options for those that are dealing with this specific disorder. Feel free to call us at (844) 857-5992 to learn more about our programs and if they might be a good fit.

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