Life of the party or impulsive attention seeker? Vivacious co-worker or workplace nightmare? Charming friend or emotional drain? Theatrical flair can be attractive – but constant bouts of drama combined with risky behavior could be a sign of a mental health condition. Here’s a look at histrionic personality disorder, estimated to affect about 2 percent of the population.
Those who fit the criteria for histrionic personality disorder are dramatic, theatrical and excessively emotional, according to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the psychiatric “Bible.” The disorder tends to appear in adolescence or young adulthood.