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Treatment for narcissism normally focuses on addressing and treating past experiences that continue to contribute to these problems. The condition is especially difficult to treat, mainly because those with a narcissistic personality have difficulty viewing themselves as flawed. Therapists typically concentrate on teaching empathy and life skills, while focusing on specific symptoms that have been proven problematic for the client. For instance, when a clients narcissistic tendencies cause episodes of resentment or rage, an expert will likely assist the individual in employing healthier coping mechanisms. Medication can also be helpful for easing some of the more severe symptoms and therapists may prescribe an assortment of medications ranging from antipsychotics to antidepressants, depending on specific symptoms.
Those who are challenged with narcissistic tendencies can experience everything from a decrease in meaningful relationships to losing a job. Hiring a therapist can help an individual feel compassion for others, thus improving the quality of the clients life, making it easier for him or her to relate to and work with others. Although narcissism is still not well researched or understood and psychologists are relatively unsure of the exact causes of narcissism, there is hope for those challenged with the condition. Whether an individual is suffering from narcissism due to biological, psychological, or social causes, a therapist is able to help the person regain control over their emotions and thoughts, making for a happier, healthier life in the long term.
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