Narcissistic Personality Disorder


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    What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

    This is one of many different types of personality disorders. You or a loved one might feel an intense need for admiration and attention, struggle with empathy toward others, or have troubled relationships. 

    It can impact your work, school, financial affairs, and relationships. You might find other relationships unfulfilling and struggle to build connections with others.

    Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms can include:

    Fragile self-esteem

    Pretending that you're superior to others

    Viewing others as inferior

    Easily disappointed



    Unhappy or Angry

    Monopolizing conversations

    Narcissistic Personality Disorder Treatment

    Specialized training for narcissistic personality disorder treatment is necessary. While there’s no medication specific for narcissistic personality disorder, antidepressants or mood stabilizers can be used in certain circumstances.

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    This type of therapy focuses on distress tolerance, relationship skills, and mindfulness. It's about recognizing your personality traits, and understanding what needs changing.


    Other treatment options can include antipsychotic medication for cognitive-perceptual disturbances or impulsive aggression and anger. These can include depersonalization, paranoid thoughts, and hallucination-like symptoms.

    Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy

    This type of therapy is specific for narcissistic personality disorder. The two stages for this include: Stage Setting and Change Promoting. The stage setting is where interpersonal relationships, including memories, ongoing patterns, and other situations, will be understood. Change promoting is where you'll be able to see a situation from another angle. You'll learn healthier methods for thinking and feeling.

    Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

    This is where you receive a verbal treatment contract that tells you the different responsibilities and roles of the mental health provider and yourself as the client. You'll get to write down your goals and which treatment plan you'll like best.

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    Alleviate Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    Have you noticed that narcissistic personality disorder is taking over you or your loved one’s life? Do you feel trapped and aren’t sure what to do next? Do you wish that you felt more confident in yourself or had more realistic expectations of others? 

    If you feel like you want to better understand others and empathize with their feelings, therapy can help.

    Our Orange County, California team is caring, will listen to your needs, and are all licensed professionals. They’re dedicated to offering you private quality care whether you’re looking for mental health treatment. 

    We pride ourselves on receiving and valuing client feedback and professionalism. We take your opinion seriously. 

    When you send us a customer satisfaction survey, we’ll be in touch within 48 hours. Whether that’s a thank you letter, full audit, or personal phone call. What you say, and how happy you are with treatment matters to us. 

    Concurring Treatment for Other Mental Disorders

    Whether you’ve been suffering from narcissistic personality disorder for the short or long-term, we’re here for you. 

    While having a mental health disorder can be stressful, our experienced professionals will help you receive the treatment you need and deserve. 

    We know exactly what to do in the event that you may also be effected by:

    Whether you’re suffering from a mental health condition or addiction, we’re here for you. 

    We’re here for you 24/7 to receive your phone call day or night.

    Individualized Treatment Programs

    We are always dedicated to coming up with answers for your treatment plan. That means that we’re dedicated to learning as much about substance abuse and mental illness as we can. 

    Our clinicians are credentialed, trained, and lifelong learners. We’re dedicated to offering you personalized and relevant practices. 

    We’re committed to you and have specialized staff who have the credentials and experience to prove it. They’re compassionate and dedicated to your needs.

    You’ll receive this life-changing treatment for narcissistic personality disorder to change your life for the better.

    We understand that not everyone is the same, and that's why we offer various specialized programs. This can include:

    Healing at D'Amore Mental Health

    Step 1: Contact Us To Get Started

    Contact our team via phone or send us an email. We’ll be in touch as soon as possible to set up an initial consultation.

    Step 2: Discuss Options

    The meeting will go over any questions you have and keep you informed every step of the way. We’ll go over pricing and the different forms of insurance we accept. 

    Step 3: Receive Treatment

    Once you have all of your questions answered and go over payment options, you can begin treatment. The environment has a residential feel for your convenience. 

    Narcissistic Personality FAQs

    A disorder in which a person has an inflated sense of self-importance with self-centered arrogant thinking.

    Researchers suggest that overprotective or neglectful parenting styles may play a role in narcissistic personality disorder in biologically vulnerable children. Neurobiology and genetics may also contribute to the development of narcissistic personality disorder.

    HPD yearns to be the center of attention, whereas NPD has an inflated sense of self and believes others should admire or validate them.

    When treating narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), long-term, consistent outpatient care is recommended. An effective treatment plan usually combines psychotherapy with medication management.

    Narcissistic personality disorder affects more men than women, and it often begins during adolescence or early adulthood. In spite of some children showing narcissistic traits, this may simply be a sign of their age and does not necessarily mean they will develop the mental disorder in the future.

    It is estimated that up to 5% of people suffer from NPD. Narcissism is one of ten personality disorders.

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    Joseph Cavins, LMFT

    Joseph attended the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology where he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Joseph interned at Aspen community services, then remained on the team for 10 years, during which time he became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and gained certification from the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Association as a Mental Health Provider in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.