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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  • Parental personality disorder symptoms and children's social skills: a prospective community study
    by Lars Wichstrøm on March 2, 2022

    Acquiring age-appropriate social skills, arguably a major prerequisite for favorable psychosocial development in children, is targeted in a range of interventions. Hence, identifying factors that limit this acquisition may inform preventative and treatment efforts. Personality disorders are characterized by pervasive and enduring dysfunctional interpersonal functioning, including parenting, and could thus entail risk for offspring in not developing adaptive interpersonal skills. However, no...

  • Are personality disorders in bipolar patients more frequent in the US than Europe?
    by Robert M Post on March 1, 2022

    CONCLUSIONS: Although limited by use of self report and other potentially confounding factors, multiple PDs were more prevalent in the US than in Europe, but these preliminary findings need to be confirmed using other methodologies. Other poor prognosis factors are prevalent in the US, including early age of onset, more childhood adversity, anxiety and substance abuse comorbidity, and more episodes and rapid cycling. The interactions among these variables in relationship to the more adverse...

  • COVID-19 testing demand amidst Omicron variant surge: Mass hysteria or population health need?
    by Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula on February 5, 2022

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  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
    by Jennifer H. French on January 1, 2022

    Personality is the set of established patterns of behavior by which one relates to and understands the world around them. A personality disorder arises when one develops an inflexible and intransigent pattern of maladaptive thinking and behaving, which significantly impairs social or occupational functioning and can cause interpersonal distress. Patterns of thinking and behaving must significantly deviate from cultural norms to meet the diagnostic criteria for personality disorder. Divergence...