Narcissistic Personality Disorder Online Support Group

People often mistook Narcissistic Personality Disorder as the opposite of someone with low self-esteem. However, there is much more complexity to the disorder than you might think.

What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder is a form of personality disorder in which people have an idealized and inflated image of themselves with a need for excessive attention and praise. People with the disorder often have fragile self-esteem that manifests in troubled relationships, work, school, and jobs. 

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder often include:

A grandiose sense of self-importance

  • Sense of entitlement and correctness

  • Exaggerate achievements and talents

  • High expectations of others for meeting their needs

  • Enjoys to be the center of attention and conversations

  • Lack of empathy or ability to empathize with others

  • Unable to establish long term relationships

  • Trouble handling criticism, rejection, and negative opinions.

The causes of narcissistic personality disorder vary among biological to environmental factors such as genetic features, brain chemical imbalances, environmental distresses, and psychological and social influences.  

How Support Groups Can Help?

Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional. 

Mental health issues often cause a sense of shame in the sufferers. Support groups can allow us to make connections, providing tangible benefits to people experiencing mental health issues. 

Benefits of participating in support groups can include:

  • Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma associated with the disorder

  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options

  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue

  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope

  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

Benefits of online support groups can include:

  • Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time

  • More frequent or flexible participation

  • A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional

  • A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups

  • Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups

You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.