Histrionic Personality Disorder, How to Spot the Symptoms in a Loved One

Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic behavior in the one suffering from it.

In this Mental Health Guide article, we’ll discuss how to spot signs and symptoms of histrionic personality disorder in yourself, friend or family member.

Here are the most common symptoms of histrionic personality disorder:

  • Emotions that are intense and unstable
  • Self-esteem gained through approval rather a sense of self-worth
  • A persistent need for attention
  • Dramatic behavior or dress designed to get attention
  • Distorted self-image based on what others think
  • Seduction, flirtation and possible sex addiction
  • Rapidly changing emotions
  • A need constant approval or reassurance
  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism
  • Obsession with physical appearance
  • Making Impulsive or rash decisions
  • Selfishness with a disregard for others
  • Relationship problems
  • Threats of suicides or attempts in order to get attention

While not all of these symptoms of histrionic personality disorder will be evident in most of those with the disorder, they will likely exhibit 5 or more of them.

Do you see yourself or a loved one in the histrionic personality mood disorder symptoms? If so, you should know that outstanding treatment is available. Psychotherapeutic counseling, sometimes combined with medication, has been shown to produce very encouraging results.

If an adult loved one of yours has these signs of histrionic personality disorder, find out more about treatment options. Talk with your doctor about what is available in your area. Then, when you approach the loved one with your concerns, you can present them with a list of symptoms and also with local options for treatment. The same strategy is best when approaching one of your children if you suspect they might be suffering from this disorder.

Since most health insurance plans carry mental health benefits, the cost of histrionic personality disorder can be greatly reduced. Treatment and education is providing relief to many who have this disorder, so there’s never been a more hopeful time to seek help.