People with histrionic personality disorder often resemble narcissists – both seek attention compulsively and are markedly dysphoric and uncomfortable when not at the center of attention. They have to be the life of the party. If they fail in achieving this pivotal role, they act out or create hysterical scenes.
The histrionic is preoccupied with physical appearance, sexual conquests, her health and her body. The typical histrionic spends huge dollops of money and expends inordinate amounts of time on grooming. Histrionics fish for compliments and are upset when confronted with criticism or proof that they are not as glamorous or alluring as they think they are.
Histrionic Personality Disorder and Sexuality
Histrionics sexualize everyone and every situation. They constantly act flirtatious, provocative and seductive, even when such behavior is not warranted by circumstances or, worse still, is highly inappropriate. Such conduct is often ill-received. People usually find this unabashed directness and undisguised hunger for approval annoying or outright repulsive. Consequently, histrionics are sometimes subject to social censure and ostracism.
Histrionic Personality Disorder and its Affect on Others
The histrionics’ intensity and unpredictability are exhausting. The person suffering from histrionic personality disorder’s nearest and dearest are often embarrassed by his unbridled display of emotions: hugging casual acquaintances, uncontrollable sobbing in public or having temper tantrums. The histrionic’s behavior is so off-color that she is typically accused of being a fake.
Concerned only with the latest conquest, the histrionic uses his physical appearance and attire as a kind of conscious bait. It is ironic that histrionics often mistake the depth, durability and intimacy of their relationships and are devastated by their inevitable premature termination.
Histrionic Personality Disorder and in Essence
Histrionics are the quintessential drama queens. They are theatrical, their emotions exaggerated to the point of a caricature, their gestures sweeping, disproportional and inappropriate. The histrionic is easily suggestible and responds instantly and fully to the slightest change in circumstances and to the most meaningless communication or behavior by others.
Here is a rundown on five different types of schizophrenia and their various characteristics.
Catatonic type schizophrenia
Patients with this subtype of Schizophrenia may exhibit extremes of behavior including catatonia. Some may allow their posture to be rearranged, holding the new position (catalepsy or waxy flexibility). Others may imitate sounds (echolalia) or movements (echopraxia) of others. At times, some patients may explode into an excited, activated state marked by purposeless ad repetitive movements. The catatonic type is rare today, and probably reflected an advanced stage of schizophrenia before the advent of modern treatment methods.
Disorganized type schizophrenia
A form of schizophrenia that is characterized by a disorganized behavior and disorganized speech. Their affect may be flat or inappropriate. This type involves a disturbance in behavior, communication, and thought. Usually these patients show a variety of eccentric characteristics such as unusual clothing or peculiar gestures.
Paranoid type schizophrenia
Delusions and auditory hallucinations predominate in patients with this subtype of schizophrenia while their affective and cognitive functioning remains relatively intact. This type of patient often has highly elaborate delusions of persecution or personal grandeur. However, the patient may appear rather normal until he or she becomes entangled in typical argumentativeness and suspiciousness.
Residual type schizophrenia
A form of schizophrenia that is characterized by a previous diagnosis of schizophrenia, but no longer having any of the prominent psychotic symptoms. There are some remaining symptoms of the disorder however, such as eccentric behavior, emotional blunting, illogical thinking, or social withdrawal.
In the residual type of schizophrenia, the patient has had at least one episode of schizophrenia. If delusions or hallucinations are present, they are not prominent, and are not accompanied by strong affect.
Undifferentiated type schizophrenia
This subtype of schizophrenia applies to patients who fail to meet the criteria for the other subtypes but clearly suffer from this mental disorder. The patient suffers from pronounced psychotic symptoms, which may not fit in any other specific category or more than one.