Narcissistic personality disorder treatment

Narcissistic personality disorder is one of several types of personality disorders that adversely affects interactions with others in the workplace, social spheres, and at home. It is characterized by a pattern of thinking and feeling that can make it difficult to get along with other people. People with this disorder are perceived as extremely conceited, always wanting attention, having a sense of self-importance, and lacking empathy. Narcissistic personality disorder treatment involves learning strategies for improved and effective communication that helps to enhance your relationships and quality of life.

Treatment plans are specific to every patient person and could include one or more therapies such as talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Medication may also be prescribed to help with any symptoms linked to coexisting mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, or stress.

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Treatment of narcissistic personality disorder in adults

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition that can be treated through behavioral adaptations. Treatment for narcissistic personality disorder utilizes different psychotherapies that focus on adjusting narcissistic behaviors to develop ways of better relating to others. A psychiatrist or psychologist also helps the patient also to become more aware about their conduct. It is an important part of therapy for people with NPD to recognize they have narcissistic defenses, examine how these behaviors cause distress for the person and others, and investigate early experiences that may have contributed to the manifestation of the NPD symptoms. Seeking treatment is usually as a result from ongoing challenges in the workplace or within relationships and social settings.

Treatment of narcissistic personality disorder in adolescents

Deep insecurities, anxiety, and depression can often make adolescents feel the need to serve their ego as an attempt to protect themselves psychologically and emotionally. Teenagers are in the process of developing their identities and may exhibit narcissistic features, which may not necessarily indicate that they have or will acquire a personality disorder. Symptoms may also be mistaken for other personality disorders, so a qualified diagnosis is important. A unique course of treatment for narcissistic personality disorder uses psychotherapy and medication and are typically combined. Treating teen narcissistic personality disorder assists young people in addressing underlying emotional issues that lead to negative behaviors and destructive perceptions of oneself and other others.

Narcissistic personality disorder treatment steps

A psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional will diagnose NPD after evaluating the individual and their medical history. It is not uncommon for people with NPD to develop other mental health disorders such as substance abuse, depression, and anxiety, in which case, medication may be prescribed to treat related symptoms. Because people with NPD are frequently resistant to therapy, especially in the early stages, it is vital for patients to agree to therapy and comply. Sessions with a mental health professional can include a combination of individual, group, and family therapies as well as psychotherapy methods to identify the attitudes and behaviors that cause conflict and dissatisfaction. Long-term intensive therapy can reinforce positive actions.

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The benefits of treatment of narcissistic personality disorder

Inflexible and maladaptive traits can indicate the presence of narcissistic personality disorder if they are severe enough to be distressing or to hinder social and professional functioning. While people with NPD may share certain behaviors, this condition does not impact everyone in the same way. Although there is no cure for NPD, we offer different types of psychodynamic psychotherapy tailored to the individual’s specific needs. With therapy, people with NPD can reduce the negative impact of their behavior and modify their actions. The Good Health team takes a balanced and gentle approach in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder to unlock a person’s underlying patterns that perpetuates symptoms. Our psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinicians can diagnose NPD in adolescents and adults against clinical criteria. If comorbidities such as depression exist, medication may be included in the treatment plan.



Does a narcissistic personality always need treatment?

A person with a narcissistic personality disorder does not always need to get treatment, but therapy can help with building healthy self-esteem and creating realistic expectations of others and in life. 

How long does it take to treat narcissistic personality disorder?

The best treatment for narcissistic personality disorder generally takes a couple of years as therapy is a complex process. High-functioning, self-aware narcissists typically see results sooner than lower-functioning narcissists who do not have any friends and struggle to maintain employment.

Is it hard to treat narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder can be a challenging endeavor, especially because people with the disorder normally refuse to recognise they have a problem. NPD is treatable, but recovery takes time and patience.

How to find the best treatment for narcissistic personality disorder?

Consult with a primary care physician who can issue a referral or review online and community directories that list experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health clinics specializing in personality disorders.

Can a narcissist change with medication?

Narcissistic personality disorder is not a condition that can be specifically treated with medication. However, antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs can help offer relief for symptoms related to other mental health disorders.

How can narcissists benefit from treatment?

Therapy for NPD can assist patients in understanding their narcissistic tendencies and how they affect others. It also helps individuals with comprehending and controlling their emotions. Low empathy is one of the hallmarks of NPD, but empathy can be learned.

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