Histrionic Personality Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Are The Symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder?

A histrionic individual can be easily identified by looking at the following symptoms:

  • Seeking Admiration and Attention. The principal conflict prevailing in a histrionic individual is their unresolved need for affection, admiration, and approval. Individuals with this disorder have low self-worth. They have the tendency to be unloved, empty, and inadequate. In order to feel that they are important and valuable, they seek the approval, reward, and attention of other people. Individuals with this disorder will find ways to get noticed 3.
  • Difficulty Committing to an Intimate Relationship. Despite being a dependable and reliable friend, individuals with this disorder actually find it difficult to establish intimate and enduring relationships. Histrionic individuals would always convince other people that they are capable of loving. Individuals with this disorder end up being unfaithful to their spouses or partners. They prefer the company of other people than spending quality time with their spouse.
  • Modifying Behavior. The dominant tendency of an individual suffering from this disorder is their persistence to attract the attention of others towards them. They exhibit changing patterns of behavior. When they see that the attention of other people is not directed towards them, they will create a scene or make a story to turn the attention of other people to them.
  • Impressionic Thoughts and Speech. The manner of thought and speech of an individual suffering from this disorder is different from the others. They voice out strong opinions but once they explain themselves, they come up with vague and unsupported facts and details. Their statements lack plan and logic.
  • False Impression about Life. A histrionic individual usually has wrong notions about themselves and life in general. They feel that life is only worthwhile or meaningful when they are at the center of everything.

Could You Have Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Histrionic Personality Disorder Topics

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