Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking behaviors, usually beginning in early childhood, including inappropriate seduction and an excessive desire for approval.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W094
Diagnosis: Histrionic Personality Disorder
US Patients: 2-3%
World Patients :
Sex Ratio: M; W3
Age Onset: Age 15
Brain Area: high noreprinephrine, leading to anxiety-proneness, dependency, high sociability;
Symptoms: excessive attention-seeking and desire for approval; high-functioning, manipulative social skills; with failures, depressed
Progression: must be center of attention; marital instability due to seeking attention from others besides spouse
Causes: 67% hereditary
Medications: antidepressants
Therapies: The concept is historical and Freudian.


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  • Race bias and gender bias in the diagnosis of psychological disorders
    by Howard N Garb on October 16, 2021

    Bias is said to occur when validity is better for one group than another (e.g., when diagnoses are more valid for male or female clients). This article provides (a) a methodological critique of studies on race bias and gender bias in diagnosis and (b) a narrative review of results from studies with good internal validity. The results suggest that race bias occurs for the diagnosis of conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, comorbid substance abuse and mood disorders, eating disorders,...

  • Functional MRI findings in personality disorders: A review
    by Oskar Zarnowski on September 1, 2021

    Personality disorders (PDs) have a prevalence of approximately 10% in the United States, translating to over 30 million people affected in just one country. The true prevalence of these disorders may be even higher, as the paucity of objective diagnostic criteria could be leading to underdiagnosis. Because little is known about the underlying neuropathologies of these disorders, patients are diagnosed using subjective criteria and treated nonspecifically. To better understand the neural...

  • Validity and reliability of the Greek version of the semistructured Schedule Clinical Interview for personality disorders (SCID-II)
    by Theofanis Vorvolakos on August 14, 2021

    The semistructured Schedule of Clinical Interview for Personality Disorders (SCID-II) is a useful tool for measuring personality disorders according to DSM criteria. Personality traits and their assessment are culturally sensitive. Because of this, it is important for clinicians and researchers to have a clearer view of the performance of such instruments in their own culture. Despite the fact that the SCID-II interview has been translated to the Greek language, the psychometric properties of...

  • An investigation of the triarchic model of psychopathy and self-reported Cluster B personality disorder traits
    by Allison M Daurio on July 29, 2021

    Cluster B personality traits often co-occur with psychopathic traits. However, few investigations have been conducted to understand the high co-occurrence of antisocial (ASPD), borderline (BPD), narcissistic (NPD), and histrionic (HPD) personality disorder traits and psychopathy. The triarchic model of psychopathy is a framework that focuses on dispositional constructs (meanness, boldness, and disinhibition) with neurobiological and developmental correlates that may be particularly useful in...