What exactly is histrionic personality disorder and what are the main characteristics?
Histrionic personality disorder is a condition characterized by too dramatic behaviors in order to get the attention or to draw attention to oneself. This kind of behavior starts in the period of early adulthood and it manifests in various situations. This type of personality disorder is closely related to the physical appearance of the person who suffers from it, and according to some researches, those with above-average appearances are primarily affected, regardless of the gender. These people so desperately need to be in the center of attention that they are ready to manipulate. They will be charming, seductive, and even impulsive to achieve that, but if they do not succeed, they will cry. They are usually too demanding, but in fact, they have strong dependency needs and their frustration threshold is very low. When it comes to their cognitive style, it is usually superficial, while details are missing. Since they tend to dramatize in order to impress other people even when it comes to their personal relationships, their relationships are not sincere and social life is not rich.
What is the cause of histrionic personality disorder and can it be cured?
The real cause of this personality disorder is definitely not known, but it is very likely that biological, cognitive and social factors play an important part in its development. More research is to be done on this issue, but when it comes to the treatment, there is a chance to improve the condition significantly. The truth is that people with this disorder usually look for help after some failed romantic relationship or conflicts with others. These and similar situations cause anxiety and sometimes even depression, and what helps the most in such cases is actually psychotherapy. It will help a person to become aware of personal feelings and deal with the possible underlying conflicts. Medications can help with some symptoms, but the whole treatment cannot be based on medications only.
If it is not treated, it can be the cause of a number of conflicts and complications in personal life, and it can be an obstacle in reaching the goals and potentials in work. As for the complications, the person in question might have problems in dealing with personal failures, or loss of a close person, for example, either due to death or due to the end of a relationship.