Acclaimed family therapist and author of the classic bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough? presents a comprehensive and actionable guide to understanding and healing from narcissistic family abuse.
A pioneer on the devastating effects of narcissistic abuse, Karyl McBride, PhD, has the answer for anyone desperate for help in overcoming the damage of being raised in a family headed by a narcissistic parent.
Divided into three sections, McBride explores the insidious way a narcissistic environment is developed in a family, how a narcissistic parent damages a child’s emotional growth and ability to trust, and finally, how to not only move on but become truly free. Along with an easy-to-follow five-step recovery program, plus a 33-question quiz to determine if you or a family member is displaying narcissistic traits, McBride provides understanding and hope for anyone wishing to thrive after abuse.
“Will the Drama Ever End? is an insightful book that helps readers better understand and heal from the toxic effects of being raised within a narcissistic family system. Dr. McBride thoroughly describes the narcissistic family, and the different roles family members take on and the different dynamics that play out. She provides ways for the reader to overcome self-doubt, learn to trust, build a strong sense of self and individuate. I enjoyed reading and amazing job!” –Pam Snyder, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, ACT
"Dr. McBride has created a thorough, accessible and compassionate guide to those struggling to break free of the negative cycles present in a narcissistic family. In compelling prose packed with relevant examples, Will The Drama Ever End? will help survivors of toxic families and the therapists who care for them recognize the hallmarks of a narcissistic family, understand the detrimental effects that this upbringing has on present-day life, and take actionable steps towards healing and thriving. Validating, relevant, and useful, this book will become a much-referenced classic in the field." —Lia Prusha, LMFT: psychotherapist, writer, and survivor.
"Dr. McBride is a founder in this field, and this book is an excellent resource for people in narcissistic family systems. It gently confronts the reality and the questions that many who grow up in this toxic and confusing environment come to therapy to explore. Dr. McBride brings up sensitive issues throughout this book and provides beautiful journaling prompts to expand an individual's own understanding of content. I look forward to adding this book to my recommended reading for my clients" - Amy Kempe, MS, NCC, LPC, CSAT, Therapist (CLIMB Health and Wellness) and Author
"Will the Drama Ever End? speaks to the importance of child advocacy whether you are a child, adolescent, or adult working with your inner wounded child. Not only does the book layout the dynamics of the narcissistic family, but it offers a compassionate 5-step recovery model for healing and transformation. McBride offers many relatable examples to help the reader understand the complexity of this kind of dysfunctional family. As a mental health provider, I will be recommending this book to my clients, colleagues, friends, and family. I am excited to share this work that reflects the importance of tuning into children’s needs and wellbeing. I not only like this book, but I love it!" –Kate Alexander, LCSW, child and adolescent psychotherapist
"Will the Drama Ever End? is an important resource written by an expert in the field. This will assist our clients and clinicians in understanding the entire picture of narcissistic family dynamics. The abundance of real-life examples is so valuable and relatable to the reader, so they are not alone in their confusion. Dr. McBride’s 5-step recovery program provides hope and empowerment for recovery." –Allison Brittsan, MA, LPC, Psychotherapist
“I found Dr. McBride when I was researching background for my novel featuring a dysfunctional family based on a narcissistic mother’s neglect of her daughter, Grace. As I listened to her audiobook, Will I Ever Be Good Enough, I was relieved and validated that my story of Grace could be one of her cases, and happy to raise awareness of these situations. And now, Dr. McBrides’s new book, Will the Drama Ever End, offers a handbook to those who have suffered the effects of narcissism to help them identify the trauma, reassure them of their sanity and guide them forward to heal and break free of the abuse. Brava! A welcome companion book from a brilliant therapist!”–Maren Cooper, author of Finding Grace and A Better Next
“This book makes so much sense that everyone should read it! Children of narcissistic parents are struggling everywhere, and this book explains why. Adult children of narcissistic parents often don’t understand themselves, their relationships, or their role in the world, but this book will set you free. McBride skillfully breaks down the crazy-making family dynamics and their potential lifetime impact on the children with numerous relatable examples. Her successful five-step roadmap for recovery is based on her many years of experience as a therapist, as well as her own experience. Reading this book feels like a warm and understanding hug!” —Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD, lead author of Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder and developer of the New Ways for Families® parent skills training method.
“In Will the Drama Ever End? Dr. McBride has written an outstanding book directed at children of narcissistic parents. I have followed Dr. McBride's work for years—she has been in the trenches dealing with parental narcissism in therapy and legal settings—and her insights are sorely needed. I know from my academic work the damage that narcissistic parents can cause. My hope is that this book will validate the experiences that many children of narcissistic parents have and help these adult children move outside the narcissists' psychological control and into a place that allows growth and deep connection with others.” —W. Keith Campbell, author of The New Science of Narcissism
“From the bestselling author and renowned expert on Parental Narcissism, Karyl McBride brings another rich and robust body of work to our resource library. For anyone who is looking to capture a deeper understanding of narcissism and the narcissistic parent and the impact of narcissistic parenting on a child’s emotional experience and development, along with a clear and thoughtful “roadmap for recovery,” Will The Drama Ever End? is a must-read!” —Wendy Behary, expert and author of Disarming the Narcissist
“Dr. McBride provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive description of the effects of a narcissistic parent on (not only) children, but all members of the family. Her clear, concise examples are engaging and demonstrate the emotionally damaging effects of this type of parenting. Dr. McBride’s evaluation and treatment approach are comprehensive and effective. A must read for clinicians working with clients affected by narcissistic parents. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t benefit from understanding the narcissistic influences in their lives through this revealing lens.” –Renee Richker, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist
About the Author:
Karyl McBride, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than forty years of experience in public and private practice, specializing in treatment of trauma. She is a leading authority on narcissism and author of several books including Will I Ever Be Good Enough?, Will I Ever Be Free of You?, and Will the Drama Ever End? Her work has also been featured in HuffPost and Psychology Today. Dr. McBride can also be found online at WillIEverBeGoodEnough.com and KarylMcBridePhD.com.