Narcissistic personality disorder is a type of mental illness in which people have a bloated sense of their own importance, accompanied by a deeply felt need for being admired. The persons afflicted with this disorder will have a superiority complex, believing that they are a cut above the rest and show scant regard for others’ feelings.
But that is all a façade, behind which lies an easily deflated self-esteem, being vulnerable to even slight criticism. The other symptoms are fantasies about their success, attractiveness, and power; exaggerated sense of their own abilities and accomplishments; belief that they are special and acting as if they are special; tendency to take advantage of others; displaying envy of others, or believing others are envious of them.
Exact cause of narcissistic personality disorder is not known. Some contributory factors are excessive praise during childhood, parental overindulgence or neglect, and lack of realistic expectations.
Natural Cures For Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Psychoanalytic (psychodynamic) psychotherapy is based on the principle that many of our adult behavioural patterns are traceable to negative experiences and trauma in childhood. A therapist can uncover these repressed and hidden memories and experiences. Cognitive-behavioural therapy aims at correcting our negative thought patterns and actions through conscious deliberation and prescription of mental exercises.
Group therapy involves interaction with others in the presence of a trained therapist. This allows the therapist to uncover your hidden and erroneous assumptions and perceptions so that you can deal with them. Sometimes, family therapy is necessary, where the family dynamics and relationships are assessed to correct the dysfunctions in you and your family members.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in treating certain conditions. These essential oils are very potent and are derived from plants. They can be administered either in the form of smelling them or absorption through skin via massage.
They are supposed to work by affecting the limbic system of the brain, which is responsible for not only smell but also emotion and behaviour. Aromatherapy is found to be effective in reducing negative emotions like fear, stress, anger, fatigue, and agitation. It also relaxes you by improving your sleep.
Exercise And Relaxation Techniques
Exercise and relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation help you decrease your stress. They make your mood more positive and lead to emotional well-being. You can do any aerobic exercise such as walking, bicycling, or dancing. You can try your hand at yoga under a trained yoga instructor.
Doing meditation for half-an-hour or one hour everyday is an excellent way to get a handle on your emotions. You could also try some other forms such as progressive muscle relaxation.
Hypnotherapy is an excellent way for relieving anxiety, tension, fears, and other effects of emotional trauma. It could also improve your self-esteem. The hypnotherapist can not only uncover the reasons for your disorder when you are under hypnosis, but he or she can also give post-hypnotic suggestions to alter your behaviour and reactions in the desired direction. Make sure you find a well-qualified and accredited hypnotherapist.
There are no specific herbal remedies that are proven to be efficacious in treating narcissistic personality disorder. But in addition to the personality disorder, you may have mild anxiety, stress, depressed mood, and maybe even sleeplessness. So, to counter such symptoms, you could take St. John’s wort or ginkgo biloba.
Be sure to consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedy for your condition because it can cause harmful drug interactions and other side effects.
There are some dietary interventions in the form of supplements that can have a positive impact by relieving some of the symptoms of the personality disorder. S-adenosyl methionine is thought to help because it is needed for the formation of brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help. They are found in fish oil, soybeans, certain nuts, and canola oil. Supplements of vitamins B3, B12, and folate are thought to relieve some of the symptoms.
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