You may have heard someone called a narcissist or sociopath and wondered about the difference between the two mental health conditions. Both personality disorders can affect how a person thinks, behaves, and feels. Read on to learn more about the differences between narcissism and sociopathy.
What Is A Personality Disorder?
Researchers at the American Psychiatric Association define personality disorders as mental health conditions that involve rigid, unchanging thought, behavior, and emotional patterns that deviate from cultural and societal norms. Generally, several factors influence your personality—such as personal experiences, genetic characteristics, and environmental concerns like your socioeconomic status and surroundings. Personality disorders typically begin presenting during adolescence or early adulthood.
“A personality disorder is a mental health condition that involves long-lasting, all-encompassing, disruptive patterns of thinking, behavior, mood, and relating to others. These patterns cause a person significant distress and/or impair their ability to function.” — The Cleveland Clinic
What Are Narcissism And Sociopathy?
Narcissism (narcissistic personality disorder) and sociopathy (antisocial personality disorder) are two of the ten conditions listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition's personality disorder types.
Concerns with others’ view of them
Focused on the appearance of success
Manipulates others to feed their ego
May feel some sympathy or remorse
Shows no regard for others’ opinions
Often faces problems due to behaviors
Manipulates others for their pleasure
Feels no empathy or remorse
Treatments For Sociopathy And Narcissism
As with many mental health conditions and personality disorders, psychotherapy is the primary treatment method for NPD and APD. Talk therapy teaches patients to examine their thought and behavior patterns to eliminate negative habits and reinforce practical, positive coping and communication skills.
Your doctor or psychiatrist will decide whether medication is appropriate for your symptoms and circumstances. While no medicines are specifically used to treat either mental health disorder, both often occur alongside other psychiatric issues, such as depression or anxiety. However, effective treatment of either illness requires the patient to recognize the problem and commit to making meaningful life changes.
How Therapy Can Help Treat Narcissism Or Sociopathy
If you struggle to manage the effects and symptoms of NPD or APD, consider working with a licensed therapist online through a virtual therapy platform such as BetterHelp. If you’re a parent or guardian seeking help for a child from 12 to 19 with a personality disorder, contact TeenCounseling for online assistance. Teletherapy is generally less expensive, has shorter wait times, and offers flexible appointment formats, making it simple to work treatment into your busy schedule.
According to the results of a 2020 study, online therapy can be an effective treatment option for people with personality disorders. Many people said the extra distance allowed by virtual treatment made sharing personal details easier, increasing trust between patient and therapist. Others said the convenience of attending therapy from home made it possible to participate more reliably, which also increases the effectiveness of treatment and the duration of the results.
Personality disorders can drastically influence the feelings, actions, and behaviors of the one living with them. However, they can also significantly impact their friends and loved ones. The information presented in this article may offer insight into recognizing NPD and APD and the essential differences between the two disorders.
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