In this histrionic personality disorder test, the individual will screen themselves for the diagnosis of Histrionic personality disorder. This brief test will provide the self-assessment, and cannot be used as the diagnostic tool.
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Description of the Test
This Histrionic personality disorder test is developed to screen the individual on the basis of DSM 5 criteria for histrionic personality disorder as well as the clinical interview by a mental health professional.
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What is Histrionic Personality Disorder
A histrionic personality disorder is a personality disorder in which the person tries to grab the attention, histrionic personality reacts dramatically. Histrionic personality is attention-seeking, and have unstable emotional expressions. Histrionic personality disorder starts in adulthood and is inappropriately seductive behaviour with the excessive need for approval.
A person with a histrionic personality disorder has good social skills and are good in manipulating people, to grab the attention. They get uncomfortable if the attention is not given, they dress in an inappropriately seductive way, and their emotions shift rapidly. They are overly concerned with their physical appearance. They seek reassurance and approval. They are easily influenced by others. Histrionic personality is sensitive to criticism.
A person with a personality disorder thinks, feels, and behaves differently. There are several different types of personality disorders clustered into different categories on the basis of their characteristics.
A personality disorder is a persistent pattern of behaving and feeling, which is altered. Initially in DSM IV, personality disorder used to be diagnosed on Axis-II, but in DSM 5 (2013), the axial system has been changed and now single diagnosis with co-occurring symptoms use to be given.
Symptoms of Personality Disorder
There are a number of different personality disorders, such as the cluster A is categorized as suspicious, delusional, not interested in social interactions or not having social skills to maintain the social relationships, as well as inability to consider the consequences of their actions and lead towards illegal, and risky behaviour.
Similarly, Cluster B is categorized on the basis of dramatic symptoms. The person experiencing cluster B personality condition will report feelings of emptiness, self-harm incidents or multiple failed suicide attempts, overly impressionistic, having fragile self-esteem, and excessively praising oneself in situations.
Whereas, Cluster C, is categorized on the basis of anxious symptoms. They are sometimes overly clingy to other person, are overly concerned with order, or tries to avoid social situations because of fear of criticism.
Types of Personality Disorder
The personality disorders are clustered into three:
Cluster A: Odd, Eccentric
In this cluster there are three disorders named:
1. Paranoid Personality Disorder
2. Schizoid Personality Disorder
3. Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Cluster B: Dramatic, or Unpredictable
1. Antisocial Personality Disorder
2. Borderline Personality Disorder
3. Histrionic Personality Disorder
4. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Cluster C: Anxious, or Fearful
1. Avoidant Personality Disorder
2. Dependent Personality Disorder
3. Obsessive Personality Disorder
Causes of Histrionic Personality Disorder
There are a number of causes of personality disorder, but there is no one clear cause of personality disorder. The factors contribute to personality disorders are biological, psychological, physical and socio-cultural.
The biological causes include the genes, heredity, family history, functioning of neurotransmitters and chemical substances.
The psychological causes of personality disorders are childhood trauma, stress, adverse family environment, low self-esteem, child neglect and parental rejection.
Physical causes include brain dysfunction and psychiatric pathology.
The sociocultural causes include divorce, being deserted, deprivation of relationships, assault, abuse death and separation.
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