Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which a person acts very emotional and dramatic in order to get attention.
The cause of this disorder is unknown, but childhood events and genes may both be involved. It occurs more often in women than in men, although it may be more often diagnosed 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.
The health care provider can diagnose histrionic personality disorder by looking at your:
There is no formal test to confirm the diagnosis.
People with this condition often seek treatment when they experience depression from failed romantic relationships. Medication may be helpful with symptoms such as depression. Professional counseling (psychotherapy) may also help.
Histrionic personality disorder does not usually affect your ability to function at work or in social settings. However, problems often arise in more intimate relationships, where there are deeper involvements.
Histrionic personality disorder may affect your social or romantic relationships, or your ability to cope with losses or failures. You may go through many job changes as you become easily bored and have trouble dealing with frustration.
Because you tend to crave new things and excitement, you may put yourself in risky situations. All of these factors may lead to a greater risk of depression.
Call your health care provider if you think you may have symptoms of histrionic personality disorder. It is important to call if this condition is affecting your sense of well-being, relationships, or ability to keep a job.
Mental health treatment may help you learn better ways of understanding and dealing with your needs.