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Histrionic Personality Disorder Lindsay McClurg Matilda Merker Description Persons with histrionic personality disorder are excitable and emotional and behave in a colorful, dramatic, extroverted fashion. Accompanying their flamboyant aspects, however, is often an inability to maintain deep, long-lasting attachments. Epidemiology Prevalence of about 2-3% 10-15% in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Diagnosed more frequently in men than women. May be an association with somatization disorders and alcohol use disorders Diagnosis (In interview) Generally cooperative and give detailed history Exhibit gestures and dramatic punctuation in conversation Frequent slips of tongue and colorful language When asked about feelings such as anger, sadness and sexual wishes, may respond with surprise, indignation or denial Clinical Features High level attention seeking behavior Exaggerate thoughts and feelings and make everything sound more important than
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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