Histrionic Personality Disorder is characterized by a few main ingredients: center of attention (ina group or a single person), sexually seductive, shifting emotions (can.sometimes feel as though you are handling multiple personalities), dramatic (drama queen/king), and physical appearence. It is the only.personality d/o that is connected directly to appearence: and most HPD people are above average in appearence. Most are also articulate, intellectual, independent, and charismatic. Not to say that there are exceptions to the rule, but statistically, thats the general rule. The research on HPD is minimal, although it is becoming somewhat more known with the introduction of its connection to movie stars and reality stars. The causes are unknown, but it possibly could be associated with biological, developmental, cognitive, and social.factors. Studies show that we tend to have highly responsive noradrenergic systems, the mechanisms surrounding the release of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. This can also stimulate the “flight or fight” sensation given during anxiety and panic attacks quite frequently felt by HPD people. The tendency towards an excessively emotional reaction to rejection, which is common among patients who suffer from HPD, maybe caused by a malfunction in a group of neurotransmitters called catecholamines (norepinephrine belongs to this group). Not only is there cause to believe that this d/o in addition to other d/o are caused by physically induced malfunctions, the environment as well is also a factor. Generally, HPD people do not have good parent-child relationships.
As one reads this, I am sure that the thought of well everyone has some sort of issues and No ONE has perfect relationships with their parents. The fact is, is there has to be a “perfect storm” for the HPD to manifest itself. The right person, the right time, the right circumstances. Just as a disease or an addition, HPD can be compared to either. A cancer of the mind, an addition to emotion. Almost ALL HPD people will lead unhappy lives because no one understands them. My goal is to help my fellow emotionally distressed friends and their partners and families break this cycle. I will try to also provide information on medical findings as well as emotional support. Feel free to explore this page. Peace be with you.
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