MedCircle Original Series

Histrionic Personality Disorder: Pulling Back the Curtain

Do you know someone who likes to be the center of attention? What about someone who is overly impressionable, shallow, or seemingly superficial? In the age of social media, these traits appear to be more common than ever. They are also consistent with the diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder (HPD). Histrionic personality disorder mimics narcissism & BPD & is more common than most people think. Here’s your crash course on this perplexing behavior pattern.

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Series Overview

HPD 101: Causes, Demographics, & What Life Looks Like 32 Min

When does being “seductive,” “shallow,” or “superficial” become a clinical disorder? In this session, Dr. Ramani shares crucial foundational knowledge on histrionic personality disorder, walks through its causes, and explains what life with HPD looks like at home, at work, and in social situations.

How to Spot the 8 Traits of Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) 31 Min

In this session, Dr. Ramani explains the key differences between borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and narcissism. You’ll also learn the 8 traits of HPD, how to recognize them, and how to manage them.

Why HPD Is so Complicated & How to Get the Right Diagnosis 24 Min

While receiving a mental health diagnosis is important in finding the right treatment, Dr. Ramani explains why it may not be the #1 priority when it comes to histrionic personality disorder. She brings to light what is important when it comes to diagnosing HPD.

How to Treat HPD & What Improvement Looks Like 24 Min

Dr. Ramani discusses the evidence-based treatments available for HPD, the likelihood of recovery, how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be utilized for long-term improvement, and more.

How to Manage a Relationship with a Loved One with HPD 17 Min

In our final session, Dr. Ramani gives supporters the tips and strategies they need to know in order to best manage a relationship (romantic, professional, etc.) with someone living with HPD.


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About the Series

According to leading clinical psychologist and personality disorder expert Dr. Ramani Durvasula, the label of a diagnosis matters less than the behaviors and symptoms themselves. The only function of a “diagnosis” is to guide treatment – it is not to diminish the person being diagnosed.

This perspective couldn’t be more applicable for histrionic personality disorder. So this series focuses on those unhealthy behavior patterns and sheds light on how and why they may impede someone’s relationships, career, social life, and overall emotional growth.

Throughout this 5-session series, you will understand what leads someone to develop a histrionic personality, what happens in the brain of someone with HPD, and what happens when these traits impede someone’s ability to lead a mentally healthy life. Perhaps most importantly, you will understand how to manage a relationship with someone who may have HPD.

It’s a complicated diagnosis, but there’s so much more to consider when it comes to HPD than its label. This first-of-its-kind series shines a credible and well-informed light on the underrepresented condition known as histrionic personality disorder.

Who is this series for?

If you know someone whose behaviors match those mentioned above, then this series is for you. Even if you don’t know someone with HPD, you will glean valuable takeaways for managing a relationship with someone that you may be struggling to connect with on a deeper emotional level. Those who know someone with borderline personality disorder or narcissism may also find value in this series, since there is overlap between HPD, BPD, and narcissism.

This series is also incredibly beneficial for health workers and providers who want to know more about how the complicated diagnosis of HPD presents in clinical settings and in the real world.

“Thank you! HPD is hard to recognize on its own. But the way Dr. Ramani explained it helped me understand it better. Your videos are very helpful.”
Miriam B.

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • How to recognize when shallow and/or attention-seeking behaviors go from being nothing more than personality traits to a full-blown clinical disorder that may call for treatment
  • The parental, environmental, and societal influences that may lead to someone developing histrionic personality disorder (HPD)
  • The differences between histrionic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism – and why HPD may imitate the latter two diagnoses
  • The defense mechanisms that those with HPD use – and why they use them in the first place
  • What goes on in the brain of someone with histrionic personality disorder and/or histrionic tendencies
  • Effective strategies for communicating with someone with histrionic personality disorder or histrionic behavior patterns

“The disorder is less than 1% [of the population], but I think a lot of that is because we don’t get [those with HPD] into treatment unless something else goes wrong. In fact… so many of its traits fall under narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. And we have just entered an interesting time [in history] where behaving like this is normal.”

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.


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