Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder associated with distorted thinking. Those who struggle with this disorder often seem extremely confident but are quite insecure regarding perceived slights or criticism.

Symptoms of NPD

The symptoms of NPD include:

  • Inflated sense of self-importance
  • Excessive need for attention or admiration
  • Lack of empathy
  • History of troubled relationships
  • Fragile self-esteem

People with this disorder may also act grandiose, dreaming of great power or success and believing themselves to have unique capabilities that set them apart from everyone else. These perceptions may make them impulsive, irritable, volatile, attention-seeking, and they may experience persistent instability in work and relationships.

Untreated NPD Has Significant Health Risks

It is a common misconception that people with NPD are truly secure and happy with themselves. While they may appear delusionally self-confident at times, they frequently experience shame, helplessness, and self-directed anger. As a result, they may turn to maladaptive coping mechanisms like substance abuse and self-harm.

People with NPD are also more likely to spend time in the criminal justice system, suffer higher mortality rates due to cardiovascular disease, suffer gastrointestinal conditions, and have marital relationships end in divorce.

One of the primary dangers of this disorder is that those who receive this diagnosis are often resistant to the idea of undergoing treatment. However, medication and talk therapy have been proven effective in giving people with NPD the skills to manage their moods, behaviors, and distress.

Neglecting to receive treatment is a threat to the quality of their life and long-term relationships, and the physical health of the person. Resistance to treatment can extend to life-threatening behaviors such as refusing to take medication, seeing a medical provider or using a life-saving medical tool.

Treatment for NPD

Treatment for NPD typically consists of psychotherapy. However, medications may be prescribed if the individual struggles with another mental health disorder.

Psychotherapy can help those with NPD learn to relate better with others, so their relationships are more intimate, enjoyable, and rewarding. They can also learn to understand the causes of their emotions and what drives them to compete, distrust others, and despise others.

People living with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) commonly suffer from severe depression and the consequences of substance abuse or self-harm. People with NPD need help and support to stick with treatment and learn how to improve their lives. At Alta Loma, our commitment to client growth doesn’t stop after treatment. After staying in our supportive housing, building a community of men who have undergone similar trials, clients are connected with people and resources to help them continue and maintain the progress that will last for a lifetime. For more information about our program, call Alta Loma at (866) 457-3843.


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