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Old 04-27-09, 08:37 PM   #1
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Histrionic personality disorder is one of a group of conditions called dramatic personality disorders. People with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions and distorted self-images. For people with histrionic personality disorder, their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and does not arise from a true feeling of self-worth. They have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention. The word histrionic means "dramatic or theatrical."

This disorder is more common in women than in men and usually is evident by early adulthood.

In many cases, people with histrionic personality disorder have good social skills; however, they tend to use these skills to manipulate others so that they can be the center of attention.

A person with this disorder might also:
  • Be uncomfortable unless he or she is the center of attention
  • Dress provocatively and/or exhibit inappropriately seductive or flirtatious behavior
  • Shift emotions rapidly
  • Act very dramatically as though performing before an audience with exaggerated emotions and expressions, yet appears to lack sincerity
  • Be overly concerned with physical appearance
  • Constantly seek reassurance or approval
  • Be gullible and easily influenced by others
  • Be excessively sensitive to criticism or disapproval
  • Have a low tolerance for frustration and be easily bored by routine, often beginning projects without finishing them or skipping from one event to another
  • Not think before acting
  • Make rash decisions
  • Be self-centered and rarely show concern for others
  • Have difficulty maintaining relationships, often seeming fake or shallow in their dealings with others
  • Threaten or attempt suicide to get attention

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I was reading into personality disorders... and I don't think I have depression. I think HPD describes me a little bit better. Because those symptoms? That's exactly how I am. *sighs* Even the suicide thing...
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Hm.. I don't have HPD or know anyone who does... but if you feel like you have all those symptoms and it is interfering with your life you might want to go find a therapist or someone who will help you with it?
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I did internet self diagnosis. I had lots of psychiatric disorders like: PTSD, HPD, OCD, OCPD, BPD, GAD, you name it.

I think I'd rather go to a psychiatrist next time, cut the number to at least 3 or 2.
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Yeah. I look at all the other personality disorders, and found that one fit the best. *shrugs* I know it could be coincidence, but all those symptoms fit me. Not just one or two, but all of them. (Except maybe, like, one.) I'm thinking that maybe it's a good idea to go talk to my family doctor, get some opinions. Maybe he can refer me to a doctor who can help. Because I know the way I react to things isn't normal; I tend to overreact to everything. And it's starting to take its toll on me. I don't want to be like that anymore. I don't want to have ridiculous, changing emotions that no one can predict. Nor do I want to threaten suicide to get attention. (I'll admit it... I've done that. 95% of my suicide threats are because I feel lonely and want someone to... I don't know. I just want attention, I guess.) The list goes on; I could tell you how all of those fit me, to be honest.

I'm thinking maybe of talking to my mom first.
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When I was looking at this at first I thought it said History Persoanlity Disorder, and I thought huh...History? There's a disorder for History...I wonder what that involves o_O.

Then I realized it said Histrionic, and I got a completely different image! (I was thinking hysterectomy) and then I hysterics, and then my mind fell back into place and I remembered, read the post and went Ahh!
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Your distorted, subjective view of yourself is not going to let you make a self diagnosis SD so don't even go there. Those symptoms sound like almost every teenage girl in western civilization! I don't know how old you are but I guarantee if you did a survey of parents they'd go 'yep that is my daughter to a tee!' These things are very broadly termed, and applied as well as taken in conjunction with other factors. it simply isn't possible for you to read up on this and decide that is you. Why not take it one step at a time. You're not on a deadline.

If you are not satisfied with depression as a diagnosis, speak to your doctor and find out what is behind that before you go any further
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Some of the symptoms do not mean that you have that disorder, AND EVEN IF YOU DID, it wouldn't change or break any friendships. Hell, I dont give a damn, I would still concider a friend with HPD my friend.

A lot of symptoms point to the fact Im a bastard lol. Who knows... I still dont consider myself one.

Hope this makes u feel better =)
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ok wow..I think I might have this :S.. but also I took a personality test and I am an ENFP person ..if you know what I'm talking about..and a lot of those symptons describes an ENFP persons..so that's impossible if every person who is an ENFP person has a HPD ??? well on the otherhand committing a suicide is not exactly a personality.. or you know what I mean..
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Hey SD how are you feeling today?
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I'm feeling alright. Just been really tired. Almost feel asleep in class a couple times. I guess I'm just not getting enough sleep lately. *shrugs* I've been coming home and taking naps more often. I just don't sleep at night. Besides that, I'm doing pretty alright.
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