Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Did you know that up to 6.2% of the population is affected by narcissistic personality disorder? With such a significant portion of individuals displaying narcissistic traits, it’s crucial to grasp the intricacies of this mental health condition. Narcissistic personality disorder goes beyond mere vanity and self-absorption, impacting various aspects of an individual’s life, from relationships […]

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41 Manipulation Tactics Used By Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sociopaths

One of the most damaging things in a person’s life may be an abusive or manipulative relationship. Many times we are blind to the manipulation tactics and narcissist control tactics that the people we love use against us. These Manipulation Tactics and narcissist control tactics work to erode, suppress, subjugate, and degrade the victim’s sense

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50+ Crazy Gaslighting Phrases Narcissists Say – Direct from Survivors

I have made a collection of more than 50 gaslighting phrases that narcissists say directly to people who have been in relationships with narcissists or have a narcissistic parent. This is real life with a narcissist! Gaslighting is a psychological manipulation technique, a form of insidious and elaborate brainwashing, a pattern of disgusting and abusive

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Self Help For PTSD/CPTSD- Steps to Start Your Recovery

This Self Help For PTSD guide is intended for people with mild-to-moderate symptoms of  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex post-traumatic stress  disorder (CPTSD). If you’re feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal, or  need emotional support you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This Self Help For PTSD guide aims

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What is Narcissistic Abuse & How to spot it

Some victims’ experiences are invalidated because their abuser was not diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD); however, anyone can be a narcissistic abuser, with or without a diagnosis. Narcissistic abuse may include emotional, physical, verbal, psychological, and sexual abuse, committed by someone who displays narcissistic personality traits. What is Narcissistic abuse? Narcissistic abuse is a

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Am I Codependent? How can I tell?

In the course of our personal growth journeys, as we begin to learn more about ourselves, our patterns, and the way our lives were impacted by our early childhood experiences, we may, at some point, confront the question: “Am I codependent?” If you’ve ever asked this question, if you’re curious or concerned that this may

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Ultimate guide to Personality Disorders

This ultimate guide explains personality disorders, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family. What are personality disorders? Our personality is the collection of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that makes each of us the individuals we are. We don’t always think,

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Red Flags Of A Narcissist

There are so many red flags of a narcissist, there will be a red flag nearly every day that you spend with them. Since qualities like love, trust, faith, obedience, understanding, empathy, compassion, conscience, denying themselves, choosing morally correct choices are all spiritual qualities, these qualities are what you will never get from the narcissist

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100 Red Flags Of A Narcissistic Mother

Have you ever wondered if your mother or your Mother-In-Law was a toxic parent? Chances are you or your beloved romantic interest might be a Narcissistic Abuse survivor, raised by a self-centered, egotistical, vain, and ultimately self-aggrandizing mother. While the list comprehensively describes a handful of typical behaviors by narcissistic or mildly anti-social Narcopaths, understand

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How to Manipulate a Manipulator: Techniques for Outsmarting the Master of Manipulation

Manipulation can happen in various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional settings. It can be challenging to recognize when someone is manipulating you, especially if they are skilled at it. However, learning how to manipulate a manipulator can help you regain control and protect yourself from their tactics. Understanding manipulation is the first

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Covert Narcissists’ Phrases: Things Covert Narcissists Say Uncovered

Have you ever wondered about someone’s true intentions after a chat? Sometimes, there’s more going on than what we see—recognizing the Things Covert Narcissists Say involves figuring out their tricky language. How can you navigate their sneaky strategies and avoid their harmful effects? Key Takeaways: Ten Power-Packed Phrases to Unmask a Covert Narcissist A covert

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Antianxiety Medications Explained

Antianxiety medications are used to help reduce the intensity and frequency of anxiety-related symptoms. There are many different classes of medications used to treat anxiety symptoms, ranging from SSRIs to benzodiazepines. Next, let’s look at the common antianxiety medications used to help treat anxiety disorders, along with common side effects and indications for use. Benzodiazepines

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Antidepressant Medications Explained

Antidepressant medications are believed to work by modulating the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, or dopamine in the brain. It is common for a client to take more than one antidepressant medication at a time, particularly those who are experiencing severe, chronic, or atypical depressive symptoms. There are five main classes of antidepressant medications (Barnhart, 2021):

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Mood Stabilizer Medications

Mood stabilizers are often prescribed to manage symptoms of mood disorders, such as manic or depressive episodes. More specifically, these medications may (Soreff, 2022): Examples of mood stabilizer medications include (Nath & Gupta, 2021): Lithium Lithium is the preferred choice for treating recurring bipolar disorder. This drug is known to have significant anti-manic effects and

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Antipsychotic Medications

There are two general categories of antipsychotic medication. These are first-generation (formally known as ‘typical’) antipsychotics and second-generation (‘atypical’) antipsychotics. Both types affect the neurotransmitter dopamine, inhibiting its transmission. Second-generation antipsychotics also interact with serotonin and other receptor types. In general, second-generation antipsychotics are better tolerated (Chokhawala & Stevens, 2021). First-generation antipsychotics include (Chokhawala &

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Psychiatric Medication Basics

Psychiatric medications impact the chemical messengers that carry signals between brain cells (or neurons). These chemical messengers include neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, but medications that affect neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin) are the most common. The brain’s cells have receptor sites on their surface. When a medication reaches a receptor site in the brain, it can exert several

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Malignant Narcissist: Understanding the Traits and Behaviors

Malignant narcissists are known to be destructive and can cause significant harm to those around them. Malignant narcissism is a psychological syndrome that is characterized by a mix of narcissism, antisocial behavior, aggression, and sadism. Individuals with this personality disorder have an inflated sense of self-importance, lack empathy, and are often manipulative and exploitative. Understanding

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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment: Understanding Your Options

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that affects the way people feel about themselves and others, making it hard to function in everyday life. People with BPD often experience intense emotions and struggle with relationships, self-image, and impulsive behavior. While there is no cure for Borderline Personality Disorder treatment can help people

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Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment

Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD) is a condition that results from prolonged exposure to traumatic events, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Unlike Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), CTSD is characterized by a more complex set of symptoms that affect an individual’s sense of self and interpersonal relationships. The symptoms of CTSD can be debilitating

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Behavioral Psychotherapy: An Effective Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

Behavioral psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by interrogating and uprooting negative or irrational beliefs. This type of therapy is based on the principles of behaviorism, which suggest that all behaviors are learned and can be changed through conditioning. Behavioral psychotherapy is effective in treating a

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