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Histrionic Personality Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

A pervasive  pattern  of  excessive  emotionality  and  attention  seeking,  beginning  by  early  adulthood  and  present  in  a  variety  of  contexts,  as  indicated  by  five (or  more) of  the  following:

  1. Is uncomfortable  in  situations  in  which  he  or  she  is  not  the  center  of  attention.
  2. Interaction  with  others  is  often  characterized  by  inappropriate  sexually  seductive  or  provocative  behavior.
  3. Displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions.
  4. Consistently   uses physical appearance to draw attention to self.
  5. Has   a   style  of  speech  that  is  excessively  impressionistic  and  lacking  in  detail.
  6. Shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion.
  7. Is suggestible (e.g., easily influenced by others or circumstances).
  8. Considers  relationships  to  be more  intimate  than  they  actually  are.