Histrionic personality disorder

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Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is identified as a personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated display of emotion to gain attention and sympathy. Emotional reactions are manipulative and self-focused, and affect all all facets of interpersonal relationships. [1] About two thirds of individuals diagnosed with HPD are women.[2]

Histrionic personality disorder falls within the B cluster of personality disorders, along with Borderline personality disorder, Antisocial personality disorder, and Narcissistic personality disorder. [1]

Diagnostic criteria

Note: The American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, forbids the unauthorized reproduction of their diagnostic criteria. A narrative of the DSM-IV-TR criteria follows.


  1. 1.0 1.1 American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. American Psychiatric Press: Washington DC
  2. Corbit, E.M. & Widiger, T.A. (1995). Sex differences among the personality disorders: An exploration of the data. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2, 225-238.

Personality disorders
Cluster A (Odd): Schizotypal | Schizoid | Paranoid
Cluster B (Dramatic): Antisocial | Borderline | Histrionic | Narcissistic
Cluster C (Anxious): Dependent | Obsessive-Compulsive | Avoidant