NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER
The Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a pattern of grandiosity reflected in the behavior or fantasy of the person; the belief of being special and unique prevails. The person presents an exacerbated sense of self-importance, that is, he or she will exaggerate their abilities and speak of their achievements disproportionately.
Generally, this person will demand excessive admiration and special treatment, and will emphasize that he or she can only be understood by people of the same status. It is common for the person to possess unrealizable expectations, for example, he or she might insist that others must bend to their will, baring arrogance and fostering interactions that become exploitative.
This person lacks empathy, is reluctant to recognize or identify the feelings of others and often takes advantage of others to realize his or her own goals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does the Narcissistic Personality Disorder have a cure?
Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves a multidisciplinary intervention which focuses on moderating self-image, increasing the ability to focus on the other, reducing behaviors and overvalued thoughts and establishing limits within the environment.
How can I identify a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
At the behavioral level, the person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder is usually haughty and arrogant and feels that he or she is above the rules of coexistence. This person shows indifference to the integrity and rights of others, believes he or she deserves favors without giving anything in exchange and often uses others for his or her own benefit.
How can Narcissistic Personality Disorder develop?
It can develop from interactions with the family since childhood (parents who were very forgiving, constantly pampering, and overestimating the capabilities their child). It can be generated from a process that begins with a distorted self-perception that leads to having a sense of superiority over others. In some cases, the position of firstborn or first male has been observed to be a precipitant of this disorder due to issues of high expectations placed on the eldest child and due to cultural beliefs.
What characterizes Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
People with this disorder behave arrogantly, lack empathy, use others to satisfy their desires, believe they deserve great admiration, and generally manifest a complete sense of well-being (except when their sense of superiority has deteriorated) and due to this, a person with this disorder does not usually seek help.
Can a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder live his or her life in a normal way?
Due to their inability to focus on the other, people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder have difficulties in their social relationships, making it very difficult for them to be empathic and thus having palpable negative consequences in their relationships (family, love, social, friendship, and work). This generates a physical and emotional deterioration; therefore, it is important for the person to receive psychotherapeutic accompaniment and psychopharmacological treatment.
What is the treatment for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
The work is carried out in an interdisciplinary manner, with the objective being to modify the self-image of superiority, to accept and recognize limitations and to improve interpersonal interaction.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.