What’s Histrionic Personality Disorder? Mental Health Treatment, Help & Therapy with Kati Morton

This video about Histrionic Personality Disorder is not meant as a tool for you to diagnose yourself but rather as a way to better understand what HPD is.

Histrionic personality disorder is a mental health condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves. Cause of histrionic personality disorder is unknown. Genes and early childhood events may be responsible. It is diagnosed more often in women than in men. Doctors believe that more men may have the disorder than are diagnosed. Histrionic personality disorder usually begins by late teens or early 20s.

Symptoms include:

Acting or looking overly seductive
Being easily influenced by other people
Being overly concerned with their looks
Being overly dramatic and emotional
Being overly sensitive to criticism or disapproval
Believing that relationships are more intimate than they actually are
Blaming failure or disappointment on others
Constantly seeking reassurance or approval
Having a low tolerance for frustration or delayed gratification
Needing to be the center of attention (self-centeredness)
Quickly changing emotions, which may seem shallow to others


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