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Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic personality disorder is a personality disorder. It is marked by attention seeking, strong opinions, easily influenced, obsessed with appearance, rapid emotion and mood shifts, and hyper-sexual behavior. It is defined by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5. The DSM-5 is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Diagnosis requires at least five of these.

  • Needs to be the center of attention, and is uncomfortable if they are not
  • Shallow, rapidly shifting emotions
  • The use of physical appearance to draw others’ attention
  • Inappropriate sexual, seductive or provocative behavior when interacting with others
  • Dramatic, impressionistic speech that lacks detail
  • Exaggerated, theatrical emotional expression
  • Easily influenced by others or situations
  • Assumes relationships are more intimate than they are

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