What’s Histrionic Personality Disorder? Mental Health treatment, help & therapy with Kati Morton

Today I’m going to talk to you about histrionic personality disorder. What the heck does that mean? *music Now before I get started, I want to have you all stay tuned til the end of the video Because I have a survey I want you to take Because your opinions matter to me, so stay tuned. Now, like I said, we’re gonna talk about Histrionic Personality Disorder. Which I’ll try not to have to say too many times because It’s really hard to say. So, without further ado, I have my handy dandy DSM-5, And, I’m going to talk about the diagnostic criteria So I’m just gonna read to you the basic description of what Histrionic personality disorder is. And then I’m gonna read the criteria. So, the basic description of Histrionic Personality Disorder is A pervasive pattern of excessive, emotionality and attention seeking Beginning by early adulthood and present in a Variety of contexts as indicated by 5 or more of the following: So, pretty much what it’s saying is that this isn’t something that could only happen in one context, like With your boyfriend or girlfriend, or only at work, or only at school, This is something that kind of, is, a pervasive pattern It happens across all parts of your life. And the first diagnostic criteria is: It says: it is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention. So these people like to be the center of attention, And if they find themselves, let’s say, at a social gathering, Where they’re not, they will be very dramatic. They may, make up stories, They’ll be really, uh, like use their hands, and be really emotive, to try to gain attention. Now, the second criteria, is Interaction with others is often characterized, By inappropriate, sexually seductive, or provocative behavior. When I was taking my licensing exams, Something that I always had a “red flag” on was, is the client coming in wearing provocative clothing. And being sexually suggestive, like touching in inappropriate manners. Things like that, that would be a clue to me that Histrionic Personality Disorder is one of the potential diagnoses. So, that’s what number 2 is talking about. Number 3 is: displays rapidly, shifting and shallow expressions of emotions. Now, the main reason for this, is because, often times We’re trying to gain people’s attention, And we’re trying to get all of these people to pay attention to us, We’re not really in touch with how we feel. We’re actually way too in tuned with what everybody else feels, and they’re reaction to us, so Often times these people struggle to actually know how they’re feeling, And that’s why they talk shallowly, they’re just trying to gain as many kind of “followers” or people to pay attention. So, they’ll talk in that kind of quickly shifting and shallow manner. Now, diagnostic criteria number 4, Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to one’s self. So, like I said, they may dress really provocatively, They may dress in really bold, colors, when everybody else is supposed to be wearing black. Like some people show up to a funeral wearing yellow Or something, just to stand out. Because they want attention, or they may do something, wear a really ridiculous hat or shoes or anything to get people to notice them. They like to be noticed. Diagnostic criteria, um, number 5: has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail. Now I feel like this is very similar to the other one, When I said it’s a very shallow, and not attached to emotions, but this is saying that, they’re really impressionistic, so somebody may make a suggestion when they’re talking to them, they’ll be like “Yea yea yea yea yea,” and they’ll tie into it, They don’t have a, I always think of it as, they don’t have a real, solid sense of self. Because they worry so much about getting attention from others. So, they don’t really talk in a lot of detail, they just talk dramatically, They try to get you excited, and involved And like, you know, interacting with them, and paying attention to them. I hope that makes sense. I know, it’s kind of hard to follow. I promise it will make sense in the end. Now, Number 6: shows self dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion. Just like I was talking, anything to get them to be noticed. So, they may talk really loud, and they may express with their hands, and they may jump, or they may bang on something just to make noise so that people will turn and look and wonder what they’re talking about and “oo, they must have a good story to tell,” or something like that, so, anything to get attention. Number 7 is: suggestible. You know, they’re easily influence by others, and that’s because they want their attention, and they want them to pay attention, feel involved, and invested in the conversation, and, they’ll do anything to get that. Now the last criteria: they consider relationships to be more intimate than they actually are. Often times these people will think that they are “best friends” with someone that they’ve only met casually twice. And if you ask the other person, they would say “Oh, I think I know who that is… but is it..” So, and they won’t really remember, but to the person with histrionic personality disorder, they will think that they’re very close. Now, with any personality disorder, If you are concerned that you may struggle with this, or if you’ve been diagnosed before but you never fully understood, We need to seek professional help. We need to ask questions to those who diagnose us because it’s our life, it’s our diagnosis, and, we need to understand it to we can better get the help that we need And just like anything that we struggle with, Getting the right help and support Could help us better manage the symptoms So if this is something that we struggle with and we find ourselves Being really dramatic, and loud at a party, Having that awareness can really help us think to ourselves, “You know I think I’m having a moment,” “I think I’m just trying to gain attention” “I’m gonna go to the bathroom, I’m gonna regroup,” “And I’m gonna come back out.” There are a lot of things we can do to help ourselves. Now just because you’ve been diagnosed with something Does not make you a bad person *ding* At all. 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  1. Hi so I’m Histrionic and I think you didn’t really expres yourself very good. So yes, we used to make things to get others atenthion, but this is because we have no selflove so we need others to love us because we feel so alone. And another caracter that for me is super important, is that we aren’t like a kid, we don’t know we are trying to get others atenthion, we just do it.
    In my case, I hate beeing the center of the atention, but I always am.

  2. What if a person been got ECT before ?? All relationships were so blur don't really know who close friends are??

  3. This is what Michael Scott has. Fits almost everything, except one major thing: he does seem genuine. That's what makes him funny, and why most of us actually like him and feel sorry for him, rather than hating him.

  4. My 12 year old amazing daughter was recently "diagnosed" with HPD. I say diagnosed loosely because at 12 they cannot give her Histrionic P.D. as a diagnosis in the books yet. They'll have to wait for her to turn 18. My theory is with some hard prayer and guidance from therapists and her psychiatrist maybe there is hope to turn her around on her toes the other way before its too late and she's 18 with a real diagnosis of HPD. With God and everyone's help and her participation we have much hope!

  5. Wow!! You don't have the slightest clue about this particular cluster of personality disorder!!! I hope you aren't working in a medical practice somewhere….

  6. correction, more women have suffered more than men with this disorder. Change your description, and men rarely have this disorder

  7. i have some serious trouble with this one in the DSM. there are girls i knew in high school who worked hard for the (basically worthless) currency of straight male sexual attention, and they went out of their way for it. One 'stole' my boyfriend and things like that. at the time i might very well have wanted to slap this concept of a personality disorder on them to make myself feel superior. It wouldn't have been a right thing to do. I am able to understand that this diagnosis of a personality disorder speaks so much more strongly to social sickness than it does to individual problems. I'm just not convinced about this one being a real thing.

  8. Ok I know this is old but I watch the office a lot I don't know if you do but is this the character Michael Scott cause it seems just like he was portrayed.

  9. Meh I'd call it S&S disorder, as in Slu*ty and Spoiled.
    Leave it to the DSM V to make up sh*t diagnoses and erase the actual condition wreaking havoc in ppl's life like the Health anxiety. SMH

  10. I read these comments and I see A BUNCH of people who don't understand shit……….
    How about this, just shut up. our opinions don't matter, and honestly!!!! yours aren't only misleading, they're plain ignorant.
    Yes you are dumb…. infact, you are dumb AF!!! hahaha

  11. I hate how people in the comments make it seem like ALL people with hpd are abusive. That is simply not the case. Just because someone you know someone with hpd who is abusive/toxic, doesn’t mean everyone with hpd is also that way! Hpd and abusiveness/toxicity of a person have nothing to do with each other. If that person is abusive, then they’re abusive regardless of whether or not they have a personality disorder.

  12. I've always thought that Lwaxana Troi of "Star Trek: TNG" and "DS9" was textbook histrionic. On another note, you're beautiful. 😉

  13. I have what is referred to as dick head disorder means Im a dick to people whenever rude to me I also have middle finger Tourette syndrome lmao

  14. I think most of us are mixing up hpd with female psychopaths. The latter has all the attributes of hpd. They are also kleptomaniacs.
    I have a driend who has just hpd symptoms. She is decently dressed but has high perverted thoughts which she speaks openly.
    Always ready to share her food and prepares and packs lunch for anybody whose family is in distress.

  15. I was just diagnosed with this. I don't try to gain attention, I hide in a small confined areas, I do not lie, I am horrible at lying in fact, I avoid men, I don't try to exaggerate statements, I do take pride in my looks, but would never wear colors at a funeral, I make a point to listen to people's words, I do use exaggerated expressions, but I am not overtly loud, I walk to the beat of my own drum, I don't think I have many close friends. This makes me frustrated for my diagnosis.

  16. it is something my STEP-mother-in law has…..we do live with my in laws… and she's fucking crazyy… i fucking regret getting married though i love my husband because i have to live with her in the same house… she is fucking shallow and everything what she said above

  17. I think I have this. I'm super emotional and feel the need to be the center of attention almost all the time. Relationships are really hard because I get attached to people really quickly and will do anything they want so I end up hurting myself. I try to kind of fill up my life with as much excitement and attention as possible

  18. I’ve never heard of this before today and I believe it may be me. I’ve always felt this way and it really stems from my parents being gone all the time and not having friends in my formative years. I found myself having bouts like this and struggled so hard to even find out who I really am and even when I ask people to describe me all that comes out is this repetition of all the traits I’ve picked up from other people. I am no person. Just a shell of one and quite honestly I’ve become so toxic I’ve had friends become hostile towards me from it (I lied about something important to them, and they have told me not to come near them again or else). I don’t even notice sometimes and that’s what gets me. Lately though I have sought help at least for my pathological lying and will start with the rest of these symptoms ASAP. I cant wait to suggest this to my therapist and finally get the help I need.

  19. I think have a friend with HPD. One day, we were playing stuck in the mud at school and she suddenly just stepped out of the game. She said she didn't want to play anymore because i said "I don't like you anymore" to her. I never said that. She then went on to say some other stuff that i said that i never said. She accused me of bullying her when i never did such thing. She did it to drive all the attention away from me and so ppl wouldnt like me so they would feel sorry for her and like her more so she got attention but no one fell for her lil trick. She has done it a few times and she always pulls it out at random times. We still are friends but im considering telling her that she might have HPD and that she lies a lot.

  20. My exwife was/is a complete Cluster B. She too used her hands in extravagant gestures the same way this Kati does. It's an attention gaining device. Kati does it while explaining it. Remember, narcissism is the mental condition where one feels they're always on display, hence the overt gesticulations. What they're really saying is, "You're not as smart as me and cannot understand my words so I'm going to display my superior intelligence in a way that everybody can see."

  21. An online test said I might have a tendency for HPD but if you explain it to me like that I can't see how I got such a result.
    I'm too anxious to be the center of attention at parties. I have way too little self-esteem for that.

  22. Histrionic personality is what we call "the influence personality" in the DISC personalities. It's not really a disorder, more a personality. I guess it's categorised as a disorder only when all the negative traits for the person with histrionic/"I" traits are very visible and problematic.
    I just dislike how the DSM describes it as a disorder… It's a personality trait, you can't be cured cos it's just who you are… But you can limit the negative side effects from the personality by avoiding situations that puts you into stress.

  23. I was going to take the survey but you asked “How many of you are seeing a therapist?” That’s not a yes or no question.

  24. I actually feel like shit right now since I think I might have this because all my relationships seem to fall apart and mostly I'm the reason for it. I intentionally hurt people even tho I regret it deeply afterwards. I live through toxic and abusive behavior patterns and I get really uncomfortable when everything is happy and good for too long. My mum is like that as well. I seek attention all day long and I can't seem to live without it. I show all the signs and I don't know what to do. Everyone in the comments suggests staying away from people with this disorder but nobody tells us how to live with yourself. Don't we deserve love as well?

  25. So if a person was pulling people over in their vehicles and posing as law enforcement officer is this an example of HPD?

  26. Damn I would love for you to be my therapist. You're actually good, nice, and help me understand about myself.

  27. Hi Katie. While you can describe histrionics in a way that is definitely true you neglect the part that they are cluster b personality disorders. These are the abusive disorders. Their disorder causes them to do anything for attention. Anything. They are more than sexual, they are highly promiscious. They are jealous, easily slighted, vindictive, and so theatrical when they talk I am embarrassed for them. They are like a human wrecking ball everywhere they go. They have no line in the sand and can be easily talked into doing unethical deeds towards others. Absolutely nothing registers between their ears to take 10 seconds and think about what they are doing. My sister has this disorder. Nobody talks about it. There is nothing cute about her. Anyone's husband is up for grabs to fill her void. She manipulates everyone, especially kids. She will do anybody's dirtywork. She has no conscience as with all cluster b's. Thank-you

  28. I clicked the button at the end and it did not work it only paused the video. Is this a serious survey or were you toying with me? You dont seem like the type, so Im going with the click the answer feature is not working. P.S I am not seeing a therapist. Im a college student in AB PSY, studying for my exam using your video. Thanks!! 🙂

  29. I just got out of an 7 month abusive relationship, another ex partner of this woman said she has this condition, but im thinking she was a full fledged narcissistic, can these conditions mix

  30. Who is qualified to diagnose this? Are people with HPD clever or have a lower IQ – if there is a link like that

  31. I'm actually scared that I have this, it may be my anxiety telling me this, but sadly I feel like I meet all this criteria

  32. The lady is lovely but this isn’t very accurate. I’ve got this PD and I have a VERY strong sense of self. I’m so focussed on who I am and what I want from life. I have such a distinctive sense of style. I love to be noticed and hate being ignored but I also love to bring attention to charitable activities not just to myself. I love to be the life of the party. I love to share excitement and I will be very honest if I am uneducated or not knowledgeable about a certain subject. I’d never pretend I know loads about something if I don’t. I have no best friend. My standards are far too high to have a best friend as people with HPD are perfectionists and want the absolute best for themselves but not everyone is capable of being the absolute best. And we will strive to be flawless but others don’t want to work as hard.

  33. steve habite quebec canada 18 ans que je suis bordeline il reste rien que moi qui a plus de 40 ans et ce n est pas suicidé je n ai pas eu de chance je me suis manqué 4 fois j aimerai tu tu fasse un livre sur les bordeline homme si tu veux que je te rencontre mon histoire et tu ecris un livre 50%/50

  34. I came here after my ex sent me the link of this disorder with a caption "u attention whore". I can see how why she made the conclusion. After my relationship with her, I went on dating spree with my intention only is to get attention. I always feel the need to be different because I want attention. I found myself lying on so many different things if i see this as an opportunity to get attention (I had relationship with her for a year and now we are friends)

  35. My best friend fits all the criteria and I’ve always been convinced she’d get an HPD diagnosis if she went to get diagnosed. I have BPD, usually fitting the quiet type. We became friends on my 18th birthday. I’ll be 32 next week and I still love her to bits, and she’s been the one person I’ve always known I could rely on. It did take us a while to realise how our personalities fit with one another, but it eventually happened. She’s the first person I came out to, she’s been nothing but supportive. I love her stories and her theatricality, and I’ve learned not to be bothered about her attention seeking, because through this, she’s never stopped being a good friend.

  36. I eat raw meat and found your video helpful thanks. Therapist is spelled exactly like The Rapist I will always avoid being in a situation with the rapist.

  37. I have a best friend who I think has this. If she isn't the center of attention she puts headphones in and sings really loud. She tried to fit in by making up stuff and self sabatoging

  38. I have to post gorgeous photos on Instagram and look like im loaded with money and have all my shit together i definitely have histrionic personality disorder ;/

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