Histrionic Personality Disorder

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Histrionic Personality Disorder

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This paper describes the characteristics, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of an individual with Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD). These individuals display a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behavior. The exact cause of this disorder is not known, but it has been linked to learned and inherited behavior. Diagnosing HPD can be difficult because it is similar to other personality disorders. Part of the focus of treatment is to help the individual uncover the motivations and fears associated with their thoughts and behavior.

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD), according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is a type of personality disorder in which the affected individual displays a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behavior beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts (Benjamin, 2003, p. 168). People with this disorder have intense, unstable emotions and distorted self images. Their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and does not arise from a true feeling of self worth. They also have an overwhelming desire to be noticed and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention. The term histrionic personality achieved recognition as an official classification for the first time in the formal listings of the DSM-III, published in 1980. The term replaced hysterical personality, a syndrome whose origins in the word hysteria can be traced to the early days of both the Egyptians and the Greeks. During ancient times, it was used to represent…...

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