What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

We all know that a little bit of confidence can go a long way. In fact, it's healthy to think positively about yourself, and most professionals would actually be concerned if you didn’t. But even positive thinking, or ego and self-esteem, can have its healthy limitations. For some people, their positive sense of self can overwhelm their ability to value others: putting themselves on a pedestal above all else. These characteristics may in fact point to the presence of a personality disorder, known in medical terms as Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

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How Can Narcissistic Personality Disorder Impact Your Life?

Although Narcissistic Personality Disorder is relatively rare, its presence can cause major disruptions to living a healthy life. For instance, whereas with most mental/behavioral health illnesses there are oftentimes symptoms that garner feelings of empathy and/or sympathy among those around you, that typically isn’t so with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In fact, it is usually much the opposite, and in many cases, the outward symptoms displayed would suggest the need for forced change over that of residential, inpatient, or even intensive outpatient treatment services.

To others around them, the narcissist would come across as being conceited, boastful, and pretentious. They may frequently be accused of monopolizing conversations, failing to heed others, or unnecessarily inserting themselves into unrelated matters. Worse yet, they may lash out by belittling others and taking measures to further inflate their sense of self, all the while disregarding those around them. Given these characteristics, it’s easy to understand how, to the layperson, this particular condition might fall outside the scope of a mental or behavioral health disorder/illness.

Naturally, such a personality disorder can be difficult to confront and can have detrimental effects on maintaining healthy relationships, being productive in work, school, and social environments, and can even seep into financial affairs.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Those diagnosed with, or who have a loved one suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder often experience the following personality traits:

  • An excessive sense of self-importance
  • An extreme preoccupation with themselves
  • A lack of empathy for others
  • Exaggeration of achievements and talents
  • Requiring constant admiration

How Can Lightfully Help With Your Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

At Lightfully Behavioral Health, we realize the importance of having a common language to describe symptoms the individual might be experiencing. Even so, we see our clients as more than just their diagnoses. Clients can expect an integrated and inclusive treatment plan from an exceptionally equipped team that focuses on the core processes which underlie their symptoms and all human suffering. In this way, we work to help the client develop an integrated self and a more balanced, meaningful life.

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