Teen Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental illness, characterized by teens being extremely focused on themselves and their own perspective, to the degree which it often blinds them to being able to recognize the thoughts, feelings, and/or perspectives of others. This can cause the teens to live and operate within a limited scope of reality and also tends to cause considerable difficulty in the teens’ relationships. This degree of self-focus will also cause difficulty in other areas of the teens’ functioning.
The most dominating symptom of Teen Narcissistic Personality Disorder is this compulsivity of teens to focus and consider themselves first. In this self-focus, it can also be common for teens to automatically value their own perspectives over others, and see themselves as superior to others. At the same time, the teens may constantly be striving to prove this superiority to others, as well as to receive praise from others. This constant cycle of believing and proving superiority tends to cause teens with Narcissistic Personality Disorder to often overlook, misunderstand, and/or ignore other people. In addition to this, teens with Narcissistic Personality Disorder often have very exaggerated beliefs regarding their own talents or strengths, and have unreasonably high expectations which they expect of themselves, such as fame and fortune.
As one can imagine, this combination of traits in teens with Narcissistic Personality Disorder tends to cause significant problems in relationships. Because of this, these teens often have difficulty maintaining relationships and/or forming new ones. Many people close to these teens tend to feel ignored, mis-treated, and/or manipulated over time and often, even after multiple efforts, the teens are still unable to correct their self-centered behaviors.
In addition to these common symptoms, there are also five subsets of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. These include: Fanatic Narcissist, Elitist Narcissist, Compensatory Narcissist, Unprincipled Narcissist, and Amorous Narcissist. Fanatic Narcissist is characterized by teens suffering trauma in childhood, which leads to them searching for a way to redeem themselves in others’ eyes. Elitist Narcissist is characterized by teens having extremely favorable opinions of themselves and seeking success in order to loft it over others. Compensatory Narcissists are characterized by teens that struggle with low self-esteem and therefore over-compensate by being passive-aggressive toward others. Unprincipled Narcissists are characterized by teens behaving inappropriately and/or immorally toward others. And Amorous Narcissists are characterized by teens behaving according to dramatic emotional whims.
Treatment for Teen Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves therapists working with teens to first address any underlying instances of trauma, stressors, and triggers present in their lives. Therapists then work with teens to begin broadening teens’ perspectives and helping them to see ways in which their limited perspective and consequent behaviors affect others. In group therapy sessions, teens have the opportunity to address, first-hand, the complications and limits which they face within the relational context, under the guidance and support of therapists. In instances where the teens have a Co-Occurring Disorder, such as Anxiety or Depression, therapists will also carry out treatment and/or recommend medication, to address those symptoms.
Paradigm New York:
Paradigm New York is a residential teen treatment center, located just outside of Manhattan, in New York. Paradigm New York provides treatment for Teen Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as a range of other mental health and substance abuse conditions. Teens come to Paradigm New York from New York as well as the rest of the country and usually reside with us for between 4-6 weeks, during treatment.