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Histrionic Personality Disorder

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Last full review/revision Oct 2020| Content last modified Oct 2020
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Your personality is your unique way of thinking, understanding, reacting, and relating to people.

What is histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic personality disorder is:

  • A pattern of wanting to be the center of attention and acting in dramatic, inappropriate ways to get attention

Histrionic personality disorder is more common in women. People often:

  • Are lively, enthusiastic, flirty, and charming

  • Need attention and are depressed when not getting it

  • Wear inappropriately sexy or over-the-top clothing to work or school to get attention

  • Have rapidly changing emotions which they express dramatically

  • Are easily influenced by others

  • Have trouble being intimate

  • Want novelty and excitement and are easily bored so they may switch jobs a lot and change their friends

Lots of people are charming and flirty and like to be paid attention to. But this kind of behavior can become a disorder if people have to be the center of attention and become depressed when they're not. It's also a problem if people can't maintain relationships or jobs because of their need for constant change and drama.

What causes histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic personality disorder is probably caused by both:

  • Your genes (the genetic information passed to you from your parents)

  • Your experiences and upbringing, such as the way your parents treated you

How do doctors treat histrionic personality disorder?

Doctors treat histrionic personality disorder with:

  • Therapy

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