histrionic personality disorder


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Related to histrionic personality disorder: borderline personality disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder, Schizoid personality disorder, Avoidant personality disorder, Dependent personality disorder

histrionic personality disorder

 
a personality disorder characterized by dramatic, attention-seeking, overly reactive, and intensely expressed behavior. Individuals with this disorder are prone to emotional display, such as angry outbursts and tantrums. They are often perceived by others as shallow and fickle; in their relationships they may be superficially charming but are frequently demanding and inconsiderate of others. Their behavior is often inappropriately sexually seductive or provocative, and they demand to be the center of attention, often using physical appearance to draw attention. Emotional expression is shallow and rapidly shifting. They may make manipulative suicide threats or attempts.

his·tri·on·ic per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

1. an enduring and pervasive pattern of behavior in adulthood characterized by excessive, dramatic, and shallow emotionality; attention-seeking; and demands for approval and reassurance, beginning in early childhood and present in a variety of contexts.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

histrionic personality disorder

n.
A personality disorder characterized by excessive emotionality and persistent attention-seeking behavior.

histrionic personality disorder

a disorder characterized by dramatic, reactive, and intensely exaggerated behavior, which is typically self-centered. It results in severe disturbance in interpersonal relationships that can lead to psychosomatic disorders, depression, alcoholism, and drug dependency. Symptoms include emotional excitability, such as irrational angry outbursts or tantrums; abnormal craving for activity and excitement; overreaction to minor events; manipulative threats and gestures; egocentricity; inconsiderateness; inconsistency; and continuous demand for reassurance generated by feelings of helplessness and dependency. A person with this disorder is perceived by others as vain, demanding, superficial, self-centered, and self-indulgent. The disorder is more prevalent in women than in men and is treated by various psychotherapies, depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. See also narcissistic personality disorder.
A state characterised by pervasive and excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behaviour, which begins by early adulthood, and is present in various contexts

histrionic personality disorder

Hysterical personality disorder Psychiatry A state characterized by '…pervasive and excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behavior', which begins by early adulthood, and is present in various contexts; HPD is diagnosed by the finding of 5 or more of a list of criteria.
Histrionic Personality Disorder ≥ 5 criteria  
1. Person is uncomfortable unless he/she is center of attention
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2. Interactions with others may be sexually inappropriate or provocative
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3. Volatile and/or shallow emotions
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4. Use of physical appearance to draw attention to self
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5. Impressionistic speech pattern
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6. Theatricality, exaggerated emotions
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7. Suggestible, ie easily influenced by others
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8. Regards relationships as more intimate than they are
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed, Washington, DC, Am Psychiatric Assn, 1994  
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his·tri·on·ic per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

(histrē-onik pĕrsŏ-nali-tē dis-ōrdĕr)
In adults, a pattern of excessive emotional expression and attention-seeking behavior coupled with an extreme need for approval and inappropriate seductive behavior.

histrionic personality disorder

A type of hysterical personality disorder manifested by ostentatious, flamboyant dress, exaggerated speech and manner, and theatrical, attention-seeking, behaviour. The conduct appears calculated to impress or shock. There is often inability to maintain deep relationships and psychosexual disorder is common.
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In the short run, the behavior of a histrionic personality disorder may be entertaining or flattering.
Patients with the diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder tend to manifest the following characteristics (See DSM-IV criteria, 1994; McWilliams, 1994; Millon, 1981; Mueller and Aniskowitz, 1986; Slavney, 1978):
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