How to Recognise Histrionic Personality Disorder

How to Recognise Histrionic Personality Disorder?

How to Recognise Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Histrionic personality disorder belongs to the ‘dramatic’ group of personality disorders and is characterised by unstable self-image and emotions.

Do I Have Histrionic Personality Disorder?

People with histrionic personality disorder crave attention. Because their desire to be noticed is so great, they might behave inappropriately. If you suffer from histrionic personality disorder, you might be described as dramatic and seductive. You might see relationships as more sexual than they are and dress provocatively. You might feel uncomfortable if you aren’t the centre of attention. Your self-esteem might depend on the approval of others and experience sensitivity to criticism. You might be impulsive, self-centred and preoccupied with your appearance. It’s estimated that about 2.1% of the population meet the diagnostic criteria. [1]

What is the Difference Between Histrionic Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is another personality disorder defined as ‘dramatic’ which is why both disorders share similarities. Both are characterised by mood swings, dramatic behaviour and impulsiveness. However, a person with BPD might not exhibit provocative behaviour and might experience emotions with more intensity.

What is the Cause of Histrionic Personality Disorder?

The exact cause is unknown, however, it’s likely to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If your parents display dramatic behaviour, you’re more likely to develop this disorder.

What is the Best Treatment for Histrionic Personality Disorder?

One of the best treatments is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that allows you to increase your self-esteem and be able to make more rational decisions. It explores the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Another great option is Psychodynamic Therapy that focuses on the underlying causes for the disorder such as your relationship with your parents, which can help you decrease emotional reactivity.


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