Andre had always been a confident man, but his behavior at work and at home had become increasingly marked by an inflated sense of his own importance and an unwarranted expectation of special treatment, and it was beginning to affect his life in unexpected, and unhappy, ways. He lost his job after flying into a rage when he was passed over for a promotion. Confused and frustrated by his behavior, his girlfriend Mina tried to encourage him to seek professional help, but Andre refused, insisting there was nothing wrong with him. Only when Andre realized his relationship with Mina was in serious jeopardy did he agree, albeit reluctantly, to accompany her to couples therapy.
As a result of therapy, Andre discovered he had narcissistic personality disorder. This condition, which can be devastating to personal relationships, has a reputation for being difficult to treat, particularly because those with the disorder often refuse to admit they have a problem. While narcissistic personality disorder, sometimes known as NPD, is treatable, recovery requires patience and time. If a loved one suffers from this condition, encouraging them to seek professional treatment is the most effective way to help them begin to overcome its damaging effects.