Doctor insights on: Medicine for histrionic personality disorder

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What's histrionic personality disorder?

What's histrionic personality disorder?

Emotional, dramatic: Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are easily influenced by others, overly sensitive to criticism/disapproval, charming, energetic, easily frustrated, manipulative, seductive, erratic, and demanding. Talk therapy is the best treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Histrionic Personality Disorder (Definition)

When high-functioning people with good social skills use those skills to manipulate people and become the center of attention, typically by dramatizing and exagerating their difficulties. They seek constant reassurance and approval, are sensitive to criticism, show exhibitionistic and seductive behaviors, have low frustration tolerance, and they ...Read more


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What is histrionic personality disorder?

What is histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic: Personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individuals are easily influenced by others, overly sensitive to criticism or disapproval, blame failure on others, charming, energetic, easily frustrated, manipulative, erratic, and demanding. Medication may help the symptoms, but talk therapy is the best treatment. ...Read more

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What is an histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic: Personality disorders are prevalent in the general population and are generally highly associated with disability. Overall, 14.79% of adult americans or 30.8 million, had at least 1 personality disorder. Histrionic personality disorder represents 1.84% of americans. They manifest with being uncomfortable unless he or she is the center of attention, dress provocatively andshift emotions rapidly. ...Read more

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How common is histrionic personality disorder?

Per DSM IV TR: 'general population studies suggest a prevalence of histrionic personality disorder of about 2% - 3%. Rates of about 10 - 15% have been reported in inpatient ; outpatient mental health settings when structured assessment is used.'. ...Read more

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How do I handle histrionic personality disorder?

Personality disorder: The key distinction between a personality disorder and other mental health disorders is the degree to which the maladaptive forms of coping are longstanding and interrelated to the individual's sense of self. A licensed therapist with expertise in treating personality or axis ii disorders will be a key help to you and the person with the disorder. Call your doctor's office for a referral! ...Read more

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What to do if I have histrionic personality disorder?

What to do if I have histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic PD: Manifests in high dramatic reactions to even minor life issues. Psychotherapy can be helpful as can be the work of Dan Goleman on Emotional Intelligence. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What to do if I have histrionic personality disorder.?

If you are really: Serious about wanting to make some changes then consider involvement in a therapy group for people with personality disorders. ...Read more

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Could somebody please explain histrionic personality disorder?

Over-dramatic: Center of attention & is theatrical or exaggerated. Emotions shift quickly, but not intense. Speech imprecise & flighty. Dress & behavior designed to draw notice. Flirtatious but not usually sexually intense. Frequent troubles designed to elicit help or attention. Not as self-sabotaging / angry / fearful as a 'borderline' personality, more outgoing & competent than 'dependent' personality. ...Read more

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Who are some celebraties with histrionic personality disorder?

Who are some celebraties with histrionic personality disorder?

Hard to say: Superficial guessing about such a thing would not be fair to anyone. And I hope you'll understand that most ethical doctors maintain the privacy of any patients for whom they come to a working diagnosis -- even those who are celebrities. ...Read more

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How to deal with someone who has histrionic personality disorder?

How to deal with someone who has histrionic personality disorder?

Remain calm: Take deep breaths and stay calm. Be reassuring without judgement. Never get into an argument about the reality of the situation. Simply emphathize without riding on the same roller coaster of emotion. ...Read more

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How can you know if you suffer from histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic: Excess emotionality, attention seeking, seductive or provocative behavior, dramatic, easily influenced by others. ...Read more

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If I have histrionic personality disorder, what medications can I take?

If I have histrionic personality disorder, what medications can I take?

Histrionic Tx: Medications do little to treat the personality, but can be used to treat the associated depression symptoms. The tx for the disorder is psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Anyone with experience with someone with histrionic personality disorder?

Anyone with experience with someone with histrionic personality disorder?

Yes: Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals have experience with people who have histrionic personality disorder. Many other physicians encounter and work with them also, but are not the primary ones to treat this problem. Mental health professionals would be best suited to help such a person directly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: histrionic personality disorder?

Drama n attention: By definition personality disorders are persisting patterns of behavior which interfere with one or more areas of life functioning. Histrionic traits tend to include dramatic and/or seductive behaviors, dramatic emotional expressions, calls for attention, and often also are acoompanied by a lack of psychological insight. ...Read more

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Does anyone personally know someone who was diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder?

Yes: I have several friends with hpd. They can be quite delightful companions, but one learns over time that their lives nearly always are full of drama and turmoil seemingly outside their control. Emotions can rapidly shift, and their reactions even to relatively minor snags in life can be suggest that the world as they knew it is about to end. That said, they also can be the life an any party. ...Read more

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How to treat histrionic personality disorder?

How to treat histrionic personality disorder?

Talk therapy: Medication may help the symptoms, but talk therapy (psychotherapy) is the best treatment for the condition itself. ...Read more

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Do only girls have histrionic personality disorder?

No: Men can have it also, but the expressions might be a little different. ...Read more

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How is this for the start of my blog about a person with histrionic personality disorder?

????: Where is the beginning? The question does sound attention-seeking, but doesn't hold reader's interest. ...Read more

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What treatment is needed for histrionic personality disorder?

What treatment is needed for histrionic personality disorder?

Longer, usually: In general, more ingrained troubles take longer (and possibly more intensive) treatment. Cbt/schema therapy, interpersonal, and psychodynamic/analytic approaches are best known in this area. The difficulty is more a part of the person's general functioning (their 'personality') than, say, a phobia, and the therapist must gradually 'show' the patient without rupturing the working relationship. ...Read more

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Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Can haldol (haloperidol) cure histrionic personality disorder?

Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, 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 ...Read more


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