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When does ego and self-esteem turn into narcissism, and at what point does it become a mental-behavioral health illness?

We all know that a little bit of confidence can go a long way. In fact, its healthy to think positively about yourself, and most professionals would actually be concerned if you didn’t. But even positive thinking, or ego and self-esteem, can have its healthy limitations.

For some people, their positive sense of self of self can overwhelm their ability to value others: putting themselves on a pedestal above all else. These characteristics may in fact point to the presence of a personality disorder, known in medical terms as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Those diagnosed with, or who have a loved one suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder often experience the following personality traits:

  • An excessive sense of self-importance
  • An extreme preoccupation with themselves
  • A lack of empathy for others
  • Exaggeration of achievements and talents
  • Requiring constant admiration

More About Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Although Narcissistic Personality Disorder is relatively rare, its presence can cause major disruptions to living a healthy life. For instance, whereas with most mental/behavioral health illnesses there are often times symptoms that garner feelings of empathy and/or sympathy among those around you, that typically isn’t so with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In fact it is usually much the opposite, and in many cases, the outward symptoms displayed would suggest the need for forced change over that of residential, inpatient or even intensive outpatient treatment services.

To others around them, the narcissist would come across as being conceited, boastful and pretentious. They may frequently be accused of monopolizing conversations, failing to heed others, or unnecessarily inserting themselves into unrelated matters. Worse yet, they may lash out by belittling others and taking measures to further inflate their sense of self, all the while disregarding those around them. Given these characteristics, it’s easy to understand how, to the lay person, this particular condition might fall outside the scope of a mental or behavioral health disorder/illness. Naturally, such a personality disorder can be difficult to confront and can have detrimental affects on maintaining healthy relationships, being productive in work, school and social environments, and can even seep into financial affairs.

Residential & Outpatient Treatment for Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Like anything else mental health related, educating yourself and seeking professional help is often the first and most meaningful step when it comes to the rehabilitation process. Clinical research has indicated that psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is currently the only effective method for treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In fact, psychotherapy can help patients through education, by building strategies for relating better with others and regulating emotions and impulses. Due to the entrenchment of Personality Disorders, psychotherapy may often need to be intensive and span several years to be most effective.

At the foundation of psychotherapy treatment for Narcissistic Personality Disorder is the goal of developing healthy individuality and recognition of others in patients with the disorder. Modalities in both individual and group psychotherapy have been shown to be most effective in managing symptoms associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as addressing the root psychopathology. Unlike many other mental health illnesses, such as depressions, anxiety and bipolar disorder, psychotropic medication is usually not a primary course of treatment for these individuals.

Resilience Treatment Center takes a very integrative approach in this type of treatment plan. Likewise, we offer various levels of structure within the course of rehab in terms of both, residential/inpatient as well as intensive outpatient components. Throughout Los Angeles and Southern California in general, we strive to offer the best in mental health & behavioral health treatment, and in doing so we are able to truly customize each client’s treatment plan based on their specific scope of clinical and ancillary needs. Provided within a luxury, high-end and private environment that offers an extremely low staff to client ratio, patients at Resilience Treatment Center are afforded among the very best treatment experiences throughout all of Southern California and even nationwide!

The Resilience Approach to Treatment

At Resilience Treatment Center, our integrative and comprehensive approach toward the treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder ensures that our clients are provided with the most effective therapies available, while in a luxurious setting designed for maximum comfort and healing. Our extensive range of psychiatric and psychological recovery services include numerous modalities that span across the psychotherapy field, from DBT and CBT and intensive individual modalities, to group, family and experiential therapies. In addition, there is a very comprehensive holistic treatment component within all facets of our recovery programs.

Resilience Treatment Center’s personality disorder program includes the following features among many others:

  • Five individual psychotherapy sessions per week that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Additionally, clients are also offered an extensive series of group therapy sessions over the course of a treatment week; These include process groups, healthy relationship groups, life skills coaching, family therapy modalities among many others.
  • The Resilience Treatment Program entails extensive psychiatric care, among an array of other clinical and ancillary support services. Weekly psychiatric evaluations and consultations will ensure that when medically necessary the appropriate medications are implemented into the comprehensive treatment approach.
  • As a core component of Resilience’s treatment philosophy, clients are exposed to a broad range of experiential therapies that seek to harness creativity, physical well-being, and socially engaging activities that all seek to build emotional resilience. Among the experiential therapy modalities offered are horticulture therapy, art therapy, creative writing therapy, individualized guided meditation, cooking and nutrition modalities, yoga and private courses at an upscale exercise facility.
  • Ours is a program that actively strives to merge all beneficial components into a fully customized, high-end treatment environment. From industry-leading clinicians to vast therapeutic experiences to holistic rehab modalities and much more, we consistently strive to set the tone for excellence in mental health treatment throughout all of Los Angeles as Southern California!

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Resilience currently works with all commercial insurances-- with the exception of Medicare and Medicaid (MediCal). Resilience is currently in-networking with the following insurance providers Blue Shield of CA, Magellan, Anthem, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Health Net and MHN Networks. For plans with other insurers, Resilience accepts PPO policies and will gladly help guide you through resources available to you through your insurance.