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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
Common signs associated to NPD
If you suspect that someone in your life may have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), it can be helpful to know the common signs associated with this condition. These signs include externalizing blame, a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, an excessive need for admiration, lack of empathy, entitlement, extreme sensitivity to criticism, self-centeredness, and manipulative behaviour.
The other side of NPD
However, there is another side to NPD that is often overlooked. People with NPD may also experience self-loathing, be prone to anti-social activities, have vulnerable self-esteem, envy others, feel inferior, experience social isolation, feel empty and bored, and struggle to maintain employment.
What can help?
For those suffering from NPD, the first step is acceptance
NPD is a complex illness. Seeking help form a mental health professional, such as a therapist, can be crucial to understanding the core issues and learning ways to manage them.
Remember to give
In additional, it’s important to remember to give in relationships. Relationships, platonic or romantic, requires both parties to feel included and have their individual needs met. Invite them to share and fulfill them.
Being curious and checking in with the people around you can also help you better understand them. Be sure to give them the time and space to share their life, experiences and emotions with you.
For those in contact with a person suffering from NPD
Standing by someone with NPD can feel like an uphill battle. Learning about the disorder can help you set strong boundaries and take their behaviour less personally.
Prioritise your needs
Self-care is a must when dealing with NPD, as it can be an emotionally draining journey. Thus, to prevent burnout, listen to your needs and take the time to pamper yourself. It will help you better cope with the challenges of NPD.
Rely on your support network
Narcissists can say things that makes you question your worth and identity. Spend time with people who know and appreciate you so to not buy into their distortions.
It is okay to give up
It’s important to note that it’s okay to give up on a relationship with someone with NPD if it becomes too much to handle. We all have limits. No matter what this narcissist means to us, we can choose not to journey with them. Make choices that are best for you and your mental health. Remember that the power is in your hands, not theirs.
NPD is not a lost cause.
Although the journey to recovery can be long and difficult, there is hope. With the right support and tools, those with NPD can learn to manage their thoughts and behaviours and live a fulfilling life.
This content is adapted, with permission, from Book 1 of 2 : The Wonders of Nutrition by Dr Ang Poon Liat. MBBS, M.MED (PAED), MRCP (UK PAED), FAMS, MD.