Energy Vampires, Drama Queens, and Other Damaged People

I find most humans to be both draining and exhausting to spend time with, anything longer that two or three hours and I find myself craving solitude or a long nap; I have always been this way. People think that I am being negative, and perhaps they are right, there is much that is wrong, unjust, and in need of fixing in this world. People being the primary cause.

As a child and young adult, I had a dystopian fantasy, one in which all the people on the planet, one day just simply vanished, leaving me alone and blissfully at peace for once. This Rapture-like scenario has become a popular Sci-Fi genre trope but for me it was a recurring daydream and an effective escape, although it never progressed to the scale of maladaptive daydreaming, it was fun and for me, sanity saving.

Now that I am a senior, recovering from an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) I have even less tolerance for overly dramatic energy suckers, individuals who exist in a perpetual state of crisis, bouncing from one tragedy to the next, often of their own making, although they can never admit culpability for the situations they cause, and in which they find themselves. I cannot help or fix these individuals, these unfortunates who suffer from a debilitating personality disorder, all that I can do is to limit my exposure, and hope that they get the professional help that they so desperately need.

What surprises me the most is that there is little to no help for persons suffering from this form of narcissistic personality disorder, it largely goes unrecognized in our society, while more visible societal problems, e.g. the opioid crises receives the National spotlight and gets fully funded. Much more needs to be done to help those suffering from the silent disorders, the folks who are less visible but no less damaged. Attention needs to be paid to the invisible disorders before more harm is done. We have even allowed a notorious malignant narcissist to become President of the United States of America and that should never be allowed to happen again!

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