Histrionic Personality Disorder

By: Emmanuel Colorado

What Is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Histrionic Personality Disorder or HPD, is a disorder in which a person acts in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves.


Behavioral Symptoms

  • Worried about physical appearance
  • Seeks to be the center of attention
  • Talks Dramatically
  • Changes emoticons rapidly

Psychological Symptoms

  • Easily influenced by others
  • Depression
  • Thinks relationships are closer than they really are


Talk Therapy is the best way to treat and help this disorder. Talk Therapies such as

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Group Therapy
If this is left untreated, it can cause problems in personal lives and prevent them from doing their best at work.

How can this affect people socially?

  • Experience depression or anxiety from failed romantic relationships
  • Unable to cope with loses or failure
  • Tend to have many conflicts with people
  • Affect a person's social relationships
  • May tend to change jobs often
  • Craves new things and adventures


Causes of HPD are unknown. Researches believe genes and early childhood events may be the cause of this disorder. Also it may have involved a lack of criticism or punishment as a child.