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[Self-Test] Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is characterized by persistent patterns of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behaviors.1 People with HPD feel uncomfortable or unappreciated when they are not the center of attention, and they may go to great lengths — like inventing stories, creating a dramatic scene, and/or making inappropriate advances — to get the attention they crave.People with HPD may display over-the-top, exaggerated emotional and behavioral responses to minor situations, often to the great discomfort of those around them. What’s more, they often exhibit rapidly shifting emotions.

People with HPD are typically overly concerned with impressing others, especially by physical appearance, and they tend to be highly suggestible.HPD occurs in less than 1% of the population2, and is one of four Cluster B personality disorders, which include borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. These personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, emotional, and unpredictable behaviors.According to one study, HPD appears to be the most common personality disorder among adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with rates approaching 35%.3 Another study found that HPD was the most prevalent personality disorder among females with ADHD.4If you suspect that you have symptoms of HPD, answer the questions below and share the results with a licensed mental health professional who is experienced in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders.This self-test was adapted from the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire Fourth Edition Plus (PDQ-4), the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5) and from criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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