You may not realize it, but you do already know somebody who has histrionic personality traits…
Just close your eyes and think of someone who is impossible to deal with because they’re always making a big deal over nothing. Whatever it is you have, they have it worse!
Most people call them drama queens, but the clinical term used to describe such behavior is histrionic. People who engage in enough different types of histrionic behavior may be diagnosable with Histrionic Personality Disorder.
If you know someone who is difficult, plays the victim, talks a lot, is inappropriate, craves approval, is always crying wolf, is a hypochondriac or an attention-seeker, it’s a good idea to have a look over the official list of HPD traits to see if they have five traits. Because if they do, it’s not just your garden variety high-maintenance drama queen; it’s actually HPD.
Histrionic Personality Disorder is the least well-known of all four high-conflict personality disorders, but it causes no less trouble than the other three.
People with HPD can be draining and impossible to deal with.
Histrionic people are difficult to trust, tricky to get along with, and have little genuine or meaningful interest in others. Their constant theatrics and problem-causing can drive those around them absolutely crazy.
More information about HPD is available at Light’s House All About HPD page, and at the links below.
Histrionic Personality Disorder, wikipedia
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