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Histrionic Personality Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Depression Diagnosis, Antisocial Diagnosis, Histrionic Diagnosis, Antisocial Personality Diagnosis, Conversion Disorder Diagnosis, Somatization Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How Is Histrionic Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

The diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder is determined by the following criteria 4.:

  1. An individual feels awkward in situations wherein the attention is not directed towards them.
  2. A person exhibits indecent, sexually seductive, or provocative behavior when interacting with other people.
  3. A person’s show of emotions quickly changes and are shallow
  4. An individual attracts the attention of other people by dressing in a provocative manner.
  5. A person’s manner of speech is impressionistic but has insufficient details
  6. A person tends to exaggerate their show of emotion and self-dramatization
  7. They are easily swayed by other people
  8. A person sees a relationship as more intimate than what they truly are. A histrionic individual is too concerned with their physical appearance as well as too sensitive to rejection.

Since HPD is considered as a personality disorder, the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders of the World Health Organization, requires the presence of at least three of the following criteria 5.:

  • Exaggerated show of emotions, self-dramatization, theatricality
  • Suggestibility, easily swayed by other people or by situations
  • Shallow and labile affectivity
  • Persistent desire for excitement, admiration and praise from others, and activities where they can be noticed
  • Indecent seductiveness in their appearance or behavior
  • Exaggerated concern with their physical appearance

The disorder should likewise be associated with egocentricity, enduring desire for appreciation, feelings that are easily hurt, and repeated manipulative behavior in order to satisfy their own wants.

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Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder - disregard/violation of rights of others, deceitful, manipulative, sociopaths, psychopaths
Borderline Personality Disorder - unstable sense of self, mood instability, distorted identity, dissociation
Dependent Personality Disorder – asthenic personality disorder, difficulty making decisions alone, dependent behavior, lack of self confidence, need for nurturance and attention from others.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – lack of empathy, grandiosity, pervasive need for admiration, self centeredness