7 Signs Your Parent has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder

If you feel like one or both of your parents aren’t supportive—or worse, abusive—you might be wondering if they have a narcissistic personality disorder and need mental health treatment. Someone with narcissistic personality disorder generally has to seek help before they can get diagnosed. But sometimes, someone with narcissistic tendencies won’t think there’s anything wrong…

The Narcissist Test and What It Can Tell You

Today, many “narcissist tests” exist that confirm the idea that someone you know (let’s face it, your ex) does indeed have a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The most official of the narcissism tests, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), is commonly used to determine if someone displays narcissistic behaviors. But is it possible to read this test…

codependency and addiction

The Cycle of Codependency and Addiction

Understanding Codependency Codependency may be one of the most common yet widely misunderstood behaviors. In short, codependency means sacrificing your needs to meet the needs of someone else. But there is more to the story.    An isolated act of self-sacrifice or kindness isn’t inherently codependent. Codependency isn’t a mental health diagnosis. Rather it is…

Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

If My Ex is a Narcissist, What Does That Say About Me?

If you’ve just learned that your ex has a narcissistic personality disorder, or you strongly suspect they do, you’re likely dealing with a lot of emotions. You might wonder how you could have ever dealt with someone so uncaring and what attracted you to someone like that in the first place. You might also wonder…

What is a Process Addiction

What is a Process Addiction?

We’re all familiar with substance addiction, but what is a process addiction? While substance abuse gets a lot of attention, it isn’t the only type of addiction out there. Behavioral or process addictions can mess with people’s lives just as much as substance addiction. A process addiction is a compulsion to engage in a specific…

Signs of Codependency: Why You Struggle So Hard in Relationships

A codependent relationship is one in which one partner relies wholly upon the other to meet all of their emotional needs. It’s also a relationship where one partner suffers from some form of addiction, and the other partner enables that condition to continue. Either way you define it, a codependent relationship is not healthy for anyone involved. Often,…

How Addiction Affects Families: The Far-Reaching Effects of Substance Use Disorder

It’s difficult to list exactly how addiction affects families. The repercussions spread outward like the rings from a pebble dropped in a pond. But experts have known for years that children who grow up in homes where drugs and alcohol are used often develop addictions, too. Sadly, even if these children do manage to skirt a…

Trauma and Co-Dependency

When dealing with a codependent relationship, it’s crucial to look at how it began and what factors created it. Trauma and co-dependency frequently go hand-in-hand with childhood trauma causing codependent symptoms in later life. But what can you do about it? To understand the causes of trauma and co-dependency, discuss your concerns with a compassionate…