What Forms of Treatment is There for Narcissism?
A person diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) has an abundance of treatment options open to them. Unfortunately, no one particular therapy or medication has proven to be highly effective, although most treatments can lessen some of the symptoms. NPD is an integral part of their personality and personality traits are difficult to change. Indeed, therapy may take several years. The short-term goal is to address issues such as depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem or shame. The long-term goal is to re-shape personality, at least to some degree, so that the person can create a realistic self-image. Other goals include learning to relate better to others, understanding emotions, understanding the strong need to compete, and to work on basic distrust of others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps the narcissist learn to identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. Generally, it seeks to identify maladaptive thoughts, appraisal, beliefs and reactions with the aim of influencing destructive negative emotions and problematic dysfunctional behaviors.