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Histrionic Personality Disorder

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

The DSM-IV-TR characterizes histrionic personality disorder (HPD) as a Cluster B personality disorder. Conditions belonging to this group are characterized as dramatic, full of emotions, and exhibit erratic behavior. Aside from HPD, other personality disorders in this group include antisocial, borderline, and narcissistic. 1

Histrionic personality disorder has a unique status among the different personality disorders, so much so that it is the only one associated with the physical appearance of the patient. According to studies, HPD is most prevalent in men and women with above average physical appearance. Still, some research indicates that the connection between histrionic personality disorder and physical appearance is more applicable to women than men.

Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are generally attention seekers. HPD individuals have the tendency to exaggerate, shows temper tantrums, are naïve and gullible, shows low frustration threshold, and highly dependent on others.

In addition, histrionic personality disorder is characterized by severe emotionalism—that is they view things in an emotional manner. Individuals with HPD constantly long for approval or attention, have the tendency to self-dramatize, and becomes self-centered. During social gatherings, they would always want to be the topic of conversation. They excel in jobs that require imaginative and creative minds but may struggle in tasks requiring logical or analytical thinking 2.

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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