Histrionic Personality Disorder

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Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves.

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Histrionic Personality Disorder

  1. 1. Fitango Education Health Topics Histrionic Personality Disorderhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43
  2. 2. Overview Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 1
  3. 3. Symptoms People with this disorder are usually able to function at a high level and can be successful socially and at work. Symptoms include: -- Acting or looking overly seductivehttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 2
  4. 4. Symptoms -- Being easily influenced by other people -- Being overly concerned with their looks -- Being overly dramatic and emotional -- Being overly sensitive to criticism or disapprovalhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 3
  5. 5. Symptoms -- Believing that relationships are more intimate than they actually are -- Blaming failure or disappointment on others -- Constantly seeking reassurance or approval -- Having a low tolerance for frustration or delayed gratificationhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 4
  6. 6. Symptoms -- Needing to be the center of attention (self- centeredness) -- Quickly changing emotions, which may seem shallow to others Medline Plus - National Institutes of Health:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 5
  7. 7. Diagnosis The health care provider can diagnose histrionic personality disorder by looking at your: -- Behavior -- History -- Overall appearancehttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 6
  8. 8. Diagnosis -- Psychological evaluation -- Like other personality disorders, histrionic personality disorder is diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms. Medline Plus - National Institutes of Health:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 7
  9. 9. Treatment People with this condition often seek treatment when they experience depression or anxiety from failed romantic relationships or other conflicts with people. Medication may help the symptoms, but talk therapy (psychotherapy) is the best treatment for the condition itself.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 8
  10. 10. Causes The cause of this disorder is unknown. Both genes and early childhood events are thought to contribute. It occurs more often in women than in men, although it may be diagnosed more often in women because attention-seeking and sexual forwardness are less socially acceptable for women. Histrionic personality disorder usually begins in early adulthood.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=43 9

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