Histrionic personality disorder


Histrionic personality disorder (HPD)

is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder
characterized by

– a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions,
– usually beginning in early adulthood,
– inappropriately seductive behavior
– an excessive need for approval.

Histrionic people are

– lively,
– dramatic,
– vivacious,
– enthusiastic,
– flirtatious;

HPD affects four times as many women as men.
It has a prevalence of 2–3% in the general population and 10–15% in inpatient
and outpatient mental health institutions.