Do you know someone who has an overblown ego? They may overrate their own importance or have a strong need for admiration. If so, they may be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.
This mental disorder is characterized by a high sense of self worth. The narcissist often believes he is superior to others and he may disregard the feelings of others. Often though, this person is actually suffering from low self esteem and takes the slightest criticism to heart. If you know someone suffering from this mental illness, treatment for narcissistic personality disorder is necessary.
Psychotherapy will be at the core of treatment for narcissistic personality disorder. This therapy will come in one of three forms. Cognitive therapy will focus on the negative, unhealthy thoughts of the patient as well as his behaviors and replace them with positive ones that are healthy. Group therapy brings those suffering from this disorder together so they can learn how to relate with others by offering support and listening. Family therapy is also beneficial as it allows the family as a whole to work through conflicts and work on problem solving and communication.
Psychotherapy may take a number of years as personality traits are deeply ingrained. This therapy will work to address depression, low self-esteem, or substance abuse in the short-term. Over the long term, the purpose of therapy is to reshape the personality. This allows the patient to change his thinking patterns as they currently distort his self-image. Medication is not commonly used for treatment of narcissistic personality disorder. If other issues are present, such as anxiety or depression, medication may be prescribed to treat those to make it easier to address narcissistic personality disorder.
In order for treatment for narcissistic personality disorder to be successful, you must stick to the treatment program. Make sure all therapy sessions are kept and take your medications. Learn about this disorder so you can better understand the treatment as well as your symptoms. Get treatment for any other mental health problems such as depression or addiction. Stress management and relaxation techniques can make the treatment go smoother. Remember to stay focused on your goal. Although treatment will take time, you can get your life back.
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