The word histrionic means dramatic. People who have this disorder are overly dramatic, and minor situations can cause wild swings in emotions. They fear that people will ignore them or find them unattractive.
The cause of this disorder is not known. Experts think it may be caused by chemical differences in the brain or nervous system. It might also be related to problems in the family such as abuse, financial stresses, death of loved ones, or mental illness. The disorder usually appears in early adulthood. More women than men have this disorder.
Symptoms of this disorder include:
Your healthcare provider or therapist will ask about your symptoms and examine you. He or she may also:
Several kinds of therapy may be helpful:
Psychotherapy can help you see yourself more clearly. It helps you recognize the effects of your behavior on others. This can help you change behaviors that get in the way of living a satisfying life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a way to help you identify and change thoughts you have that are not realistic. CBT can make you aware of unhealthy ways of thinking. It can also help you learn new thought and behavior patterns. DBT helps you learn to regulate your emotions, tolerate distress, manage yourself, and be more effective with other people.
Medicine is not used to treat this disorder, but may help if you also have problems with anxiety or depression.
Get emergency care if you or a loved one has serious thoughts of suicide or harming others.
If your symptoms are seriously interfering with your daily life, seek help from your healthcare provider or a mental health professional. Treatment can make a big difference in the overall quality of your life.
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