Histrionic Personality Disorder Essay

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Histrionic Personality Disorder Histrionic Personality Disorder is also called dramatic personality disorders. It is a mental health condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way, so that they can draw attention to themselves. A person with Histrionic Personality Disorder has intense, unstable emotions and a distorted self-image, and their self-esteem depends on the approval of others. They have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, so they will behave inappropriately to get the attention they need. The cause of the disorder is still unknown, but some think that maybe early childhood and genes are responsible. More women are often diagnosed with it than men. The treatment is difficult because a person with the disorder will only seek treatment when they can longer function normally, but when they do seek treatment they will exaggerate their symptoms. The people that often seek treatment are because they experience anxiety or depression from romantic relationships that failed or conflicts with people. Talk therapy is the best treatment. People with this disorder tend to function at a high level and are successful socially and at work. Other symptoms are: • Acting or looking overly seductive • Being easily influenced by other people • Being overly concerned with their looks • Being overly dramatic and emotional • Being overly sensitive to criticism or disapproval • 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 gratification • Needing to be the center of attention (self-centeredness) • Quickly changing emotions, which may seem shallow to others • Perceiving relationships to be more intimate than they actually are The character traits of Histrionic Personality

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