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Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) is condition that is marked by behaviors that result in attracting the notice of other people. People with this illness are overly concerned with what others think, and they use their appearance and actions to cause others to focus on them. This gives them the fulfillment they need to feel validated. Clients who suffer from HPD are often just as interested in attracting negative attention such as shock, anger, and outrage.
Histrionic Personality Disorder can be improved with psychotherapy and medication. If left untreated it can cause conflicts in a client’s personal life and prevent them from reaching their true potential. HPD is a unique disorder because it is the only one explicitly connected to a client’s physical appearance.
Histrionic Personality Disorder may require several years of therapy and may affect individuals throughout their lives. HPD may affect social / romantic relationships or a client’s ability to cope with failures or losses. They may go through many job changes because they are easily bored and have trouble dealing with frustration. They tend to crave new things and excitement, and put themselves in risky situations. It is common for problems to arise in intimate relationships where a deeper commitment is required.
Professional therapists at Avalon Malibu believe that long-term psychodynamic therapy is needed to target underlying conflicts and assist clients to decrease their emotional reactivity. Our therapists work with tools related to intimacy and recall. Histrionic Personality Disorder clients may have difficulty recalling because of their tendency to repress circumstances. CBT is used by our professional therapists to teach clients with HPD to identify automatic thoughts, and to work on impulsive behaviors. Behavioral therapy can also include techniques such as modeling to teach clients about the effect of their theatrical behavior on others in a variety of settings.
Group therapy is also used to allow clients to practice problem solving within normal situations using role playing, so that clients can explore interpersonal relationships and outcomes, by practicing acceptable behavior in different scenarios. Meditation has been used to assist extroverted clients with Histrionic Personality Disorder in relaxing and focusing on their own inner feelings.