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. Discomfort in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention.
2. Inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior with others.
3. Rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions.
4. Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self.
5. Excessively impressionistic and detail poor style of speech.
6. Shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion.
7. Easily influenced by others or circumstances.
8. Considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are.
People with histrionic personality disorder can initially seem appealing and exciting by way of flirtation and a bigger-than-life presentation. The persistence of symptoms and absence of other modes of relating to others may soon make it clear that what is occurring is a disorder. Histrionic personality disorder shares some characteristics with borderline personality disorder. A savvy test writer may create a vignette that gives you a close call choice between the two. But they are distinct disorders--knowing the details of each is your best foot forward.
For more reading about the disorder, try:
- Histrionic Personality Disorder (Wiki)
- Histrionic Personality Disorder (PsychCentral)
- Histrionic Personality Disorder (WebMD)