What is it about?

Narcissistic abuse is a form of abuse which can include; psychological & emotional, financial, sexual and physical abuse. A discussion on how mental health nurses may have missed the signs of narcissistic abuse and how they can support victims and survivors is explained.

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Why is it important?

Narcissistic abuse is not well recognised by health professionals in the UK and this article explains what it is so that professionals can recognise the possible signs that someone they are helping may have experienced or still be experiencing this form of abuse.


This publication brings the concept of narcissistic abuse out in to the open to be discussed and shared. The information about the behaviours of a narcissistic abuser and victim experiences may help individuals to recognise their own experiences and identify as a victim, when previously they were unaware this was the case. It also supports health professionals and in particular mental health nurses' awareness of narcissistic abuse.

Vickie Howard
University of Hull

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This page is a summary of: Recognising Narcissistic Abuse and the Implications for Mental Health Nursing Practice, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, May 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1590485.
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