Cause of histrionic personality disorder is unknown. Genes and early childhood events may be responsible. It is diagnosed more often in women than in men. Doctors believe that more men may have the disorder than are diagnosed.
Histrionic personality disorder usually begins by late teens or early 20s.
People with this disorder are usually able to function at a high level and can be successful socially and at work.
•Acting or looking overly seductive
•Being easily influenced by other people
•Being overly concerned with their looks
•Being overly dramatic and emotional
•Being 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 shallow to others
Exams and Tests
Histrionic personality disorder is diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation that assesses the history and severity of the symptoms.
The health care provider can diagnose histrionic personality disorder by looking at the person's:
People with this condition often seek treatment when they experience depression or anxiety from failed romantic relationships or other conflicts with people. Medicine may help the symptoms. Talk therapy is the best treatment for the condition itself.
See your health care provider or mental health professional if you or someone you know has symptoms of histrionic personality disorder.