CONDITIONS WE TREAT

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Histrionic Personality

Histrionic personality disorder is quite rare compared with other personality disorders and is thought to occur in approximately 0.4% of the population (Bakkevig & Karterud, 2010). Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by high attention-seeking behavior often accompanied by displays of dramatic, emotional, or seductive acts with the purpose of gaining other’s approval. An adult with histrionic personality disorder might have a compulsive need to be the center of attention and feel uncomfortable if someone else is receiving attention in a group. They may display inappropriate sexual behavior towards others and use their physical appearance to attract attention beyond what is typical for the setting. Their emotions may be quite shallow and shift rapidly. They may be theatrical or emotional in their display of communication or emotion but with little connection to their actual inner feelings. They may attach superficially to others and feel that relationships are more intimate than they really are, such as going on a first date and assuming their date wants to marry them and is completely in love with them. People with histrionic personality disorder may also have another personality or mental health disorder including borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, somatic symptom disorder, major depressive disorder, and conversion disorder (Bakkevig & Karterud, 2010). There is no known cause for the development of histrionic personality disorder. However, it is suspected that genetics, childhood trauma, and parental influence may play a role in the development. Some think that histrionic personality can develop as a result of being rewarded for histrionics in early life (such as in children who are frequently in pageants and on stage with demanding, critical parents). Others think there might be a role in childhood sexual abuse creating the need for sexualized attention and control later in life. It is suspected that brain areas involved in emotional regulation, social functioning, and impulse control are likely impacted in the disorder and may be dysregulated even though there is no consensus of one cause. Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment is often required to help improve distress that arises from this disorder and help individuals make positive behavioral changes and improve social and emotional functioning. Often adults with histrionic personality disorder fail to create healthy relationships and may be very distressed when relationships end but have little insight as to their role in the relational difficulties. As with any personality disorder, integrative care is recommended.

Bakkevig J. F., Karterud S. (2010). Is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, histrionic personality disorder category a valid construct? Comprehensive Psychiatry, 51, 462–470. 10.1016/j.comppsych.2009.11.009

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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