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Personality Disorders

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  • is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention;
  • interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior;
  • displays rapidly shifting and shallow expressions of emotions;
  • consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self;
  • has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail;
  • shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion;
  • is suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances;
  • considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are.

Source: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
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