Is It Drama Or Histrionic Personality Disorder?

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Nobody likes drama. Drama is in fact such a touchy subject that people go out of their way to emphasize the fact that they don’t like drama, don’t “do” drama, or aren’t about drama at all. Typically, such people tend to create or invite a lot of drama into their lives. However, they bring drama around, they seem to do it with a gusto. Some people seem to need to be the center of attention. Whether they are being bright and positive or dark and full of rage, however they are expressing themselves, they do so fully. Histrionic personality disorder is a diagnosable issue in which someone is only able to process or cope with their feelings in a very dramatic way.

Drama, and people who are dramatic, tend to have a decent idea of who they are. Their theatrical productions and reactions are rooted in their character as being dramatic; as opposed to being rooted in a lost sense of self. Flaring up into extremes of emotion and expression is often the sign that there is no center in who someone is. Without a baseline foundation to work from, all reactions will be excited. Excited emotions aren’t just on the outside for those with histrionic personality disorder. Experiencing frequent mood changes, emotional instability, and an inability to effectively communicate emotions without causing a scene, are all common.

Some professionals feel that the label of histrionic personality disorder is a cover for post traumatic stress disorder. U.S. Health And News cites that the histrionic reaction is rooted in not being heard. Certain traumatic experiences rob someone of their ability to express themselves, be believed about their witnessing or enduring trauma, or take away their voice. As a result, they learn to make themselves extra loud, extra known, and extra acknowledged. Their drama truly is about not being able to stand a moment out of the spotlight. Without the attention, they likely revert to a fear caused by trauma.

Treating any kind of mental health disorder usually involves a look at trauma. Involving trauma treatment in the therapeutic healing process is necessary for assessing and confronting underlying issues which lead to “disordered” behaviors. By identifying core sources of conflict and allowing them to heal, true change can occur in someone’s life.

If you or a loved one feel your emotions and reactions are out of control causing a negative influence in your life, help is available. Call Avalon Malibu today for information on our trusted residential treatment programs providing care for primary mental health conditions. 1 888-958-7511.

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