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Equilibrium - Self Harmony

Histrionic personality disorder

Definition
A pattern of excessive emotionalism and attention seeking, need for approval, and an inappropriate seductiveness that usually begins in early adulthood.

Causes, incidence and risk factors.

The cause of this disorder is unknown but learned and inherited characteristics may play a role. It occurs more frequently in women than men. People with the disorder are usually able to function at a high level and are successful socially and at work. They may seek help for depression when romantic relationships end. They fail to develop insight into their own situation, because they easily forget or repress unpleasant experiences. Responsibility for failure or disappointment is usually blamed on others.

Symptoms

Constantly seeking approval or reassurance
Excessive sensitivity to criticism or disapproval
Inappropriately seductive in appearance or behaviour
Overly concerned with appearance
Exaggerated emotions
A need to be the centre of attention
Low tolerance for frustration or delayed gratification
Rapidly shifting emotions with shallow facial expressions

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