“The staff was so kind and the house was beautiful. It was so much better than the hospital.”

— Bridges to Recovery Alumnus

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Bridges to Recovery offers sophisticated, modern treatment for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) that combines compassionate care with clinical excellence. We draw on the expertise of our multidisciplinary team to create tailored treatment plans targeted to your specific needs, with the goals of increasing self-awareness, disrupting maladaptive behaviors, and enhancing empathy and care for others. Through a structured treatment program of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and holistic therapies, you can gain a more realistic sense of yourself and the world around you while augmenting your capacity for distress tolerance, social bonding, and altruism. Successful management of NPD symptoms can create a richer, more rewarding life, relieving you of expectations of perfection and improving your relationships with other people.

Contact us for more information about the treatments offered at Bridges to Recovery and how we can help you or your loved one suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Toward Insight and Empathy

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by an inflated sense of self, inability to empathize with others, and a craving for attention and admiration that interfere with your everyday life. You may often feel a sense of entitlement to special treatment, and have a preoccupation with personal perfection while simultaneously harboring feelings of inadequacy, shame, and hypersensitivity to criticism. The symptoms of NPD can impair social and professional functioning, hinder the formation of close, meaningful relationships, and disrupt your ability to realistically understand yourself and those around you. The failure to live up to your own expectations of perfection may lead to deep distress and feelings of depression, as the core of your self-identity is destabilized and you struggle to regain a coherent sense of self.

Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder include:

  • Exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Believing that you are superior to and more deserving than other people
  • Preoccupation with perfection, power, brilliance, and success
  • Expecting special favors and recognition
  • Lacking the ability to recognize the feelings and needs of others
  • Exploiting others to get what you want
  • Behaving in arrogant, boastful, and conceited ways
  • Feeling envy of other people and believing others envy you

If you are experiencing symptoms of NPD, it is vital that you seek professional help. People with NPD often fail to recognize their disorder, as admitting that you have a psychological illness can profoundly interfere with feelings created by symptoms of NPD, such as exceptionalism and perfection. The disorder presents unique challenges to treatment, as you may feel superior to your clinicians and experience feelings of disdain, anger, or humiliation as your grandiose self-image is questioned. These complications make it even more crucial that you seek professional help to begin to unravel the damage caused by this disorder and start the healing process.

At Bridges to Recovery, you benefit from a non-judgmental, welcoming environment where you can engage in the therapeutic work of recovery with the guidance of highly trained clinicians. With a maximum of six clients at a time, you receive the personalized attention and close monitoring you need to successfully navigate the treatment process. Immersion in an intimate social milieu helps you bond and identify with other people, increasing your empathy and capacity for positive social interaction. Throughout your time at Bridges, you learn to recognize and disrupt harmful thoughts and behaviors and replace maladaptive perspectives with more realistic, psychologically healthy approaches.

To preserve the progress you make in residential treatment, we partner with your outpatient team to create an aftercare plan that ensures continuation of your care and lays the foundation for successful transition back to your everyday life. With proper treatment, you can gain the insight and skills necessary to take control of your Narcissistic Personality Disorder and move forward with increased self-awareness, expanded emotional resources, and a newfound ability to love and be loved.

“The staff was so kind and the house was beautiful. It was so much better than the hospital.”

— Bridges to Recovery Alumnus

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