Histrionic Personality Disorder

An enduring and pervasive pattern of excessive attention-seeking behaviors including inappropriate seduction and an excessive desire for approval.

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Is there a test for Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with histrionic personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you like to be the center of attention and feel uncomfortable when you are not?

  • Has anyone ever complained about your flirting?

  • Do you choose clothes and styling to attract attention?

  • Have other people described your reactions or behaviors as "dramatic", "excessive" or "fake"?

  • Do you quickly become friends with strangers?

  • Do you quickly change your mind about a topic after reading or talking to someone else about it?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have histrionic personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Histrionic Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Dramatic self-expression, theatricality, or exaggerated expression of emotion

  • Easily influenced by other people or events

  • Superficial and labile affect

  • A strong need to be the center of attention

  • Inappropriately seductive appearance and behavior (e.g., excessive flirting)

  • Over-preoccupation with one's own appearance

​If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.