Is there a treatment for narcissism?
Long-term counseling is the primary treatment for NPD. It helps you gain greater insight into your problems and learn what changes you can make to:
- Relate to others in a positive and rewarding way.
- Develop healthy self-esteem.
- Have more realistic expectations of others.
Your psychotherapist may also recommend medications to treat symptoms like anxiety and depression. Medications include:
- Antidepressants: These medications treat depression. Healthcare providers commonly prescribe selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This class of drugs has fewer side effects than other antidepressants. SSRI medications include fluoxetine, sertraline and paroxetine.
- Mood stabilizers: To reduce mood swings, your provider may prescribe a mood-stabilizing drug such as lithium.
- Antipsychotic drugs: This type of medication can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. Aripiprazole and risperidone are two kinds of antipsychotic drugs.
What are the complications of narcissistic personality disorder?
Without treatment for NPD, you can have trouble maintaining positive relationships at work and home. You might also be more vulnerable to abusing drugs and alcohol to cope with difficult emotions. Also, feeling alone can lead to deep depression and suicidal thoughts.