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Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Finding Hope Through Treatment

Do  you feel lost when dealing with a loved one's challenging behaviors? You're not alone. Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is the first step towards finding support and guidance.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a complex condition characterized by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. Individuals with NPD often experience significant interpersonal difficulties, occupational problems, and psychosocial distress. The disorder is diagnosed using the DSM criteria, which include the presence of at least 5 of 9 specific criteria.

Use the acronym “SPECIAL ME” to remember the nine signs of NPD. 


  1. Sense of self-importance

  2. Preoccupation with power, beauty, or success 

  3. Entitled

  4. Can only be around people who are important or special

  5. Interpersonally exploitative for their own gain

  6. Arrogant

  7. Lack empathy

  8. Must be admired

  9. Envious of others or believe that others are envious of them

These criteria are used by mental health professionals to make a diagnosis of NPD.

Treatment approaches for NPD may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and other therapeutic techniques. Research suggests that individuals with NPD can present challenges in maintaining work and relationships, and the disorder is often comorbid with other psychological conditions. Potential positive outcomes of seeking treatment are improved relationships, personal growth, and reduced distress for both the individual with NPD and their loved ones.

Are you concerned about a loved one displaying signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)? While diagnosing NPD can be complex, it's important to seek support and guidance. Veronica understands the challenges of NPD and offers a compassionate approach to supporting individuals and their families. Even if the individual with NPD may not seek therapy themselves, her services can provide valuable support and insight for you and your loved ones. 

Don't navigate this journey alone. Take the first step towards healing. Reach out today for a confidential and understanding consultation. Contact: or 561-903-TALK (8255).  

You don't have to face this alone.

To learn more, read my articleSurviving the Vortex: Overcoming Narcissistic People in Your Life.

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