Histrionic Personality Disorder
Histrionic Personality Disorder
This paper will describe Histrionic Personality Disorder. When one usually thinks of mental illness Clinical Depression, Bipolar Disorder or maybe even Schizophrenia comes to mind, but Histrionic Personality Disorder is not commonly used today in respect to mental illness. This may be due to the probability that the illness itself mimics others disorders and to use this diagnosis alone just may be doing an injustice to the patient as well as well-meaning clinicians who are trying to narrow down disorders in order to better treat it. Describing Histrionic Personality Disorder
According to Psychology Today (2012) personality disorders, though, are rigid, inflexible and maladaptive, causing impairment in functioning or internal distress. A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time and leads to distress or impairment. Most people may suggest that your personality derives from your parents, your genetic link to your ancestors, and yes that is true. This type of personality disorder can have extreme levels and anything that excessive can have an adverse affect on the individuals with Histrionic as well as others in its path. Individuals with Histrionic Personality Disorder exhibit excessive emotionalism--a tendency to regard things in an emotional manner--and are attention seekers. People with this disorder are uncomfortable or feel unappreciated when they are not the center of attention. Behaviors may include constant seeking of approval or attention, self-dramatization, theatricality, and striking self-centeredness or sexual seductiveness in inappropriate situations, including social, occupational and professional relationships beyond what is appropriate for the social context. They may be lively and dramatic and initially charm new acquaintances by their enthusiasm, apparent openness, or flirtatiousness. They commandeer the role of "the life of the party". Personal interests and conversation will be self-focused. They use physical appearance to draw attention to themselves. Emotional expression may be shallow and rapidly shifting. Their style of speech is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail. They may do well with jobs that value and require imagination and creativity but will probably have difficulty with tasks that demand logical or analytical thinking. The disorder occurs more frequently in women though that may be because it is more often diagnosed in women than men (Psychology Today, 2012). Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis
According to American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (2012) the cause of this disorder is unknown. Both genes and early childhood events are thought to contribute. It occurs more often in women than in men, although it may be diagnosed more often in women because attention-seeking and sexual forwardness are less socially acceptable for women. Histrionic personality disorder usually begins in early adulthood. People with this disorder are usually able to function at a high level and can be successful socially and at work. Symptoms include acting or looking overly seductive, easily influenced by other people, overly concerned with their looks, overly dramatic and emotional, overly sensitive to criticism or disapproval, believing that relationships are more intimate than they actually are, blaming failure or disappointment on others, constantly seeking reassurance or approval, having a low tolerance for frustration or delayed gratification, needing to be the center of attention (self-centeredness), quickly changing emotions, which may seem...
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