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Narcissism and care giving stress

by Gertrude
(USA)

I am a live-in caregiver for a client who is as you described, exactly. I had not been able to put my finger on it before, so this is most helpful. I have worked with clients diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's, but this is much different. This client knows exactly what she is doing. I am very patient and professional, however one trait that I have found very alarming is as you have described, "The verbal and emotional abuse they can instill knows no boundaries. If you cross a narcissist, they will do anything and everything in their power to get revenge." In our case, "crossing" can include something as innocent as taking meds as prescribed, I am learning that the revenge aspect is difficult and possibly serious for a licensed caregiver. I have two questions. - For someone who is the "Plan B", what is a good long-term plan of action? - Are there reference materials on narcissism that might be helpful in better understanding this condition? Thank you

Gertrude,
Please consider joining the
Adult-ChildrenOFNarcissits@yahoogroups.com. This group will give you the support and guidance you will need to work with your client.

Your Life care advocate,

Diane Carbo RN

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