Exploring Histrionic Personality Disorder
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Many people with histrionic personality disorder feel that creating a personal development plan is something that they are unable to do. However, this could not be further from the truth. It will take a little extra work, but you can work on yourself regardless of any challenges that you might face. In fact, working on a personal development plan can actually help you to cope with this personality disorder so that you can live a full life.
What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?
Many people have no heard of this personality disorder, but if you have it, having a solid definition will help you to create your personal development plan. This disorder usually starts to present itself during the time of late adolescence or during the early adulthood years. It can cause a person to have a number of character traits, which can include:
Experts tend to loosely define this condition as being focused on attention-seeking behavior. People with this disorder can do a number of things to try and get attention from others, including:
What Causes this Disorder?
As of today, experts have not identified any solid causes of this disorder. There are a number of theories, including that people might be genetically predisposed to developing it. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately two to three percent of the population has histrionic personality disorder. However, many people are not diagnosed. Of those who have a diagnosis, women are diagnosed far more often than men. However, experts believe that many men living with this disorder have never sought a diagnosis.
Symptoms of this Disorder
When you are being evaluated for this disorder, your healthcare provider is looking for a mixture of symptoms. These include:
Diagnosing this Disorder
Mental health professionals will look at your symptoms and use this to make a diagnosis. They use the criteria set forth in the DSM-5 manual to make a diagnosis. This can be a difficult disorder to diagnose and it can take more than one visit with a mental health professional to get it. Be patient because having an accurate diagnosis is critical to proper treatment and creating an accurate plan.
Treating Histrionic Personality Disorder
When you are creating your personal development plan, it is important that it surrounds the treatment that you are prescribed by a mental health professional. Therapy is the primary treatment for this disorder and there are three types of therapy that your mental health professional might recommend. You might do well with just one or you might require a combination for effective treatment. The therapy types include:
As you can see, having this personality disorder is not going to stop you from realizing your goals and dreams unless you allow it. As you can see, this disorder can be difficult to deal with, but with the right drive, treatment plan and attitude, you can live a full life. Your personal development plan should include following all necessary treatments so that you have what you need.