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narcissistic personality disorderThere are several different types of personality disorders, one of them being narcissistic personality disorder. This is when people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. For most people suffering from this disorder, under that extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that often cannot endure even the slightest criticism.

Here are a few signs and symptoms that present themselves in those with a narcissistic personality disorder. If you or someone you love are experiencing narcissistic personality disorder, it is important to reach out for help.

An Exaggerated Sense of Self-Importance

This is one sign that is often easily noticeable for those around a narcissistic person. It is often accompanied by a strong sense of entitlement and a need for excessive admiration. Everyone has moments where they display these emotions; however, someone experiencing this disorder will be extreme and persistent. You may also notice a need to monopolize conversations, belittle others, or mock those who a narcissist views as inferior.

Takes Advantage of Others

Those suffering from this disorder often have a hard time recognizing the needs and wants of others. It usually is much easier for them to focus on themselves, how they can get what they want, or who can help them the most. This often leads them to take advantage of others to get what they want and causes a severe strain on relationships.

Exaggerated Achievements

A person experiencing symptoms of narcissism tends to exaggerate their achievements and their talents. They sometimes become focused on fantasies about power, achievement, or beauty to the point of believing that they are perfect. At times these fantasies can fuel a state of arrogance or pretentiousness. As a result, a narcissist has difficulty receiving criticism or feedback and can lead to problems in many different areas of life, such as employment and relationships.

Narcissistic personality disorder can affect every area of a person’s life. At times it can be easier for others to spot this disorder than the narcissist. It can be challenging and hard to watch a family member experience a disorder and feel you have little control in helping them. Here at The Guest House, we understand that mental health issues can affect the entire family. We are here to help throughout every step in the process of recovery. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help you at (855) 483-7800.