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Histrionic personality disorder is a mental condition that is
characterized by excessive emotional reactions, attention-seeking behavior, and
personal drama. These features usually begin in early childhood.
A person with histrionic personality disorder likes to be the
center of attention and is easily influenced by others. Suicidal threats or
gestures, while common, are often used to seek attention rather than to succeed
at suicide. Inappropriate sexual, seductive behavior is common. Also common are
shifting, shallow emotions and the perception that relationships are more
intimate than they are in reality. Interpersonal relationships are unstable and
unfulfilling. Marital affairs are common as the person with this disorder seeks
excitement from new relationships rather than nurturing existing
People with this disorder are usually able to function at a high
level and are successful socially and at work.
Medicines are not very helpful in treating this disorder. But professional counseling might help reduce the symptoms.
Histrionic personality disorder commonly occurs with other mental
disorders such as depression or borderline personality disorder.
March 8, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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