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What are treatments for narcissistic personality disorder?

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There's no cure for narcissistic personality disorder, but therapy can help. The goal is to build up the person’s poor self-esteem and have more realistic expectations of others.

There aren’t drugs to treat this mental disorder, but depression and anxiety sometimes go hand in hand with narcissism. There are helpful drugs for those conditions.

If the narcissist abuses alcohol or drugs, which is common, it’s important to get treatment for the addictions, too.

With children, experts suggest that parents who give too much praise cut back, while those who don’t pay enough attention step up.

Narcissists can learn how to relate to others in more positive ways, but it depends on how open they are to critical feedback and how willing they are to change.

From: Narcissistic Personality Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 21, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Narcissistic Personality Disorder."

American Psychological Association: "Personality."

PsychCentral: “Narcissistic Personality Quiz.”

Konrath, S. Aug. 5, 2014. PLOS One:

Bushman, B. Feb. 12, 2015. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:

Thomas, S. 2008. Journal of Personality Assessment,

Psychologia: “Malignant Narcissism vs. Narcissism vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”

Harvard Business Review: “Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 21, 2017

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