Identifying the Difference between Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder

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When it comes to personality disorders, there are often symptoms that seem to overlap – and without a proper diagnosis, a person can find daily life challenging. Many people with personality disorders have difficulty maintaining relationships, as their perceptions of themselves and others can feel quite unstable at times. Despite the unique characteristics of various personality disorders, it’s still quite possible to be misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, without proper care and attention, distinguishing differences between these disorders can prove to be very difficult. 


It’s been said before that borderline personality disorder (BPD) and histrionic personality disorder are practically the same, but there are still some key differences that are worth knowing. Take a look at the following differences:


Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Tries to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  • A pattern of intense and unstable relationships in one’s life
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Unstable self-image
  • Mood swings


Histrionic Personality Disorder

  • Feeling uncomfortable when one is not the center of attention
  • Inappropriate sexually seductive/provocative behavior
  • Quick mood shifts
  • Self-dramatization and exaggerated expressions
  • Easily influenced by things that happen out of their control


Psychologists have found that personality disorder misdiagnoses result in ineffective or lack of proper treatment. Unfortunately, this can increase their chances of worsening symptoms or developing new conditions.


In general, however, several types of treatment can be incredibly beneficial for personality disorders, including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, and support groups. If you’ve been diagnosed with BPD or histrionic personality disorder, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today at 844-857-5992 to learn more about how you can begin your journey to recovery. It’s never too late to seek the help you need. 

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