The New Predator Part 3: Histrionic Personality Disorder-S05E22

Recorded: Feb 4, 2024, Publish to podcast feed: March 19, 2024
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  • “The New Predator Part 3: Histrionic Personality Disorder-S05E22”
  • “5 Signs You Might Be a Drama Queen” by Claire Jack Ph.D.
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD)
      2. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a mental health condition marked by intense, unstable emotions and a distorted self-image. The word “histrionic” means “dramatic or theatrical.”

For people with histrionic personality disorder, their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and doesn’t come from a true feeling of self-worth. They have an overwhelming desire to be noticed and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention.

People with histrionic personality disorder often don’t realize their behavior and way of thinking may be problematic.

    1. A pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by 5 or more of the following (Diagnosis Criteria):
      1. Is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention
      2. Interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior
      3. Displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions
      4. Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self
      5. Has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail
      6. Shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion
      7. Is suggestible (i.e. – easily influenced by others or circumstances)
      8. Considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are
  • What are the signs and symptoms of histrionic personality disorder?
      1. Personality disorders, including histrionic personality disorder, are among the least understood mental health conditions.
      2. Studies that have been done about histrionic and other personality disorders have identified several factors that may lead to the development of histrionic or other personality disorders:
      3. Genetics: Histrionic personality disorder tends to run in families, so scientists think there may be a genetic (inherited) link.
      4. Childhood trauma: Children may cope with trauma, such as child abuse or the death of a family member, that later as an adult may be disruptive or problematic in their life and become part of a personality disorder.
      5. Parenting styles: Children who experience parenting styles that lack boundaries, are over-indulgent or inconsistent may be more likely to develop histrionic personality disorder. In addition, parents who display dramatic, erratic, volatile or inappropriate sexual behavior put their children at risk for developing this condition. Some researchers think that problems in parent-child relationships lead to the characteristic low self-esteem in people with HPD.
  • How is histrionic personality disorder diagnosed?
    1. Personality continues to evolve throughout child and adolescent development. Because of this, healthcare providers don’t typically diagnose someone with histrionic personality disorder until after the age of 18.
    2. Personality disorders, including histrionic personality disorder, can be difficult to diagnose since most people with a personality disorder don’t think there’s a problem with their behavior or way of thinking.
    3. When they do seek help, it’s often due to conditions such as anxiety or depression due to the problems created by their personality disorder, such as divorce or lost relationships, and not the disorder itself.
    4. When a mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, suspects someone might have histrionic personality disorder, they often ask broad, general questions that won’t create a defensive response or hostile environment. They ask questions that will shed light on:
      1. Past history.
      2. Relationships
      3. Previous work history.
      4. Reality testing.
      5. Impulse control.
    5. Because a person suspected of having histrionic personality disorder may lack awareness of their behaviors, mental health professionals might ask to collect information from the person’s family and friends.
    6. Mental health providers base a diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder on the criteria for the condition in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
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