Dramatic Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Antisocial, and Narcissistic

Individuals with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions, distorted self-perception, and/or behavioral impulsiveness.

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Beginning in early adulthood, individuals with Histrionic Personality Disorder often display excessive emotionality and attention seeking in various contexts. They tend to overreact to other people, and are often perceived as shallow and self-centered. This pattern is suggested by five (or more) of the following (from DSM IV, American Psychiatric Association, 1994):

   1.discomfort in situations in which he or she is not 
     the center of attention
2.frequent, inappropriate, seductive or provocative behavior in interpersonal interactions
3.rapid shifts of emotions, and shallow expression of emotions; emotions often appear to be "turned on and off too quickly" to be deeply felt
4.consistent use of physical appearance to draw attention to self
5.excessively dramatic style of speech that lacks detail; opinions are strongly presented, but underlying reasons may be vague, without supporting facts and details
6.self-dramatic, theatrical, and exaggerated expression of emotion
7.easily influenced by others or circumstances (e.g., fads)
8.views relationships as more intimate than they actually are

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