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Recognizing and Coping with Histrionic Personality Disorder

Another Form of Narcissism! Drama Queen Syndrome!

My last article explained what is Histrionic Personality Disorder. Here we will talk about Recognizing and Coping with this condition.

Histrionic Personality is one of four “Cluster B” personality disorders currently recognized by the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5). It is a relatively uncommon diagnosis, with approximately 1.8 percent of the population being affected.

Often, those who deal with this disorder are known for having extreme emotional responses that can quickly change.

People who manage this disorder feel anxious if they are not receiving attention.  There is also a desire to be the center of attention in group settings, and if needed, someone with Histrionic Personality will engage in dramatized or provocative behaviors to get the attention they crave.

Sometimes this behavior manifests as sexually seductive or theatrical.

Relationships can be challenging for people struggling with Histrionic Personality Disorder.

Others may perceive the person as “fake” or overly “dramatic.” A person who deals with this disorder may also feel as if they have a closer connection to others than they actually do, which can result in feelings of rejection and loss.

These feelings feed back into the sadness that perpetuates this diagnosis, resulting in exaggerated responses and reinforcing the cycle of disconnection from others.

A person who manages Histrionic Personality Disorder may also struggle with meaningful self-expression.

Part of the struggle for someone with this disorder is the ability to use in-depth language. Often there is a reliance on vague terms that may seem shallow, instead of more descriptive ones. This style of communication may come off as disingenuous.

When this is combined with an excessive need for attention and compliment-seeking behaviors, it can indicate self-absorption, which can also make interpersonal relationships difficult.

For those managing Histrionic Personality Disorder, there is often an over-reliance on physical appearance to gain attention.

Often, appearance is a very sensitive topic for someone who struggles with this disorder. The slightest criticism or lack of needed compliments from others can be interpreted with great shame and despondency.

Follow the link to my website Coping Strategies for Managing HPD


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