Histrionic Personality Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Depression Research, Antisocial Research, Histrionic Research, Antisocial Personality Research, Conversion Disorder Research, Somatization Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Current Research on Histrionic Personality Disorder

Approximately 30.8 million adults in the United States meet the standard diagnostic criteria for at least one DSM-IV defined personality disorders based on the results of the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), which appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 10

Spearheaded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health, the NESARC survey involved over 43,000 adults in the United States who are more than 18 years of age. It was designed to assess the prevalence and co-morbidity of multiple mental health disorders.

The NESARC is the pioneering national survey conducted throughout the country. Its aim is to come up with an estimate on the incidence of personality disorders. The study revealed that personality disorders are common in the general population. In 2001, 7.9 percent had obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, 4.4% suffered from paranoid personality disorder, 3.6% experienced antisocial personality disorder, 3.1% schizoid personality disorder, 2.4% avoidant personality disorder, 1.8 percent histrionic personality disorder, and 0.5 percent dependent personality disorder.

The study revealed that females are more prone to having avoidant, dependent and paranoid personality disorders while males are at a higher risk of suffering from antisocial personality disorder. The likelihood of obsessive-compulsive, schizoid, or histrionic personality disorders showed no gender difference.

The NESARC was instrumental in the determination of the extent of personality disorders in the country as well as in identifying subgroups which is in greater need of prevention.

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Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder - disregard/violation of rights of others, deceitful, manipulative, sociopaths, psychopaths
Borderline Personality Disorder - unstable sense of self, mood instability, distorted identity, dissociation
Dependent Personality Disorder – asthenic personality disorder, difficulty making decisions alone, dependent behavior, lack of self confidence, need for nurturance and attention from others.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – lack of empathy, grandiosity, pervasive need for admiration, self centeredness