Histrionic personality disorder is a personality disorder in which the victim shows an accustom pattern of attention seeking and extremely histrionic behaviors starting in early adulthood and present across a large range of situations. Victims with HPD are highly emotional, charming, energetic, manipulative, impulsive, erratic, and demanding.
Victims who suffer from this disease are mostly very challenging to treat for many reasons. Like in most personality, disorders people present for treatment only when stress or some other factor has made their ability to function and cope almost impossible. However, these victims are not similar to other victims who suffer from other personality disorders much abrupt to seek treatment and heighten their symptoms and difficulties in functioning. As they are also very emotionally so they are mostly reluctant to terminate therapy. Psychotherapy, as with most personality disorders, is the cure of choice. Group and family therapy approaches are usually not recommended since the victim who suffers from this disorder mostly needs attention to themselves and embellishes every action. Victims with this disorder often come as a fake in their interpersonal relationships with other people. Patients often are shows all feelings with the same depth of emotion, unaware of the delicacy of their own emotional states. Therapists will find that taking a somewhat agnostic stance within this therapy is useful due to the common amplification of events and problems by the victims. By using a line of reasoning to its logical conclusion the client can mostly discover the impracticable expectations and fears associated with many behaviors and thinking.
Many people who are suffering from histrionic personality disorder will emphasize attractiveness style over substance in their lives and relationships, discussing altercate and trying out new behaviors may be helpful. The therapist can also help by elude this during session when the client is using shallow criteria in which to judge another. The patient should finally look to be able to do this themselves throughout their lives. Insight- and cognitive-oriented approaches are usually ineffective to a great extent in treatment of this disorder and should be refrained. People with this disorder are mostly incapable of analyzing unconscious motivations and their own concepts to a degree where it is beneficent. While these approaches can be a part of a longer treatment plan, they should not be the focus. Helping the victim to analyze interactions from a more objective point of view and emphasizing substitute explanations for behavior is likely to be more effective. Analyzing and clarifying a victim’s emotions are also crucial components of this therapy.
In most personality disorders, medications are not suggested except for the treatment of specific, concurrent Axis I diagnoses. Attention should be given when advising meditations to someone who suffers from histrionic personality disorder because of the potential for using the medication to contribute to self-destructive or otherwise harmful manner of conducts.