Histrionic Personality Disorder and Gender

Histrionic personality disorder first became a diagnosis in 1980 with the publication of the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) by the American Psychiatric Association. Since then, the relationship between histrionic personality disorder and gender has been an important topic.


To be diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder, an individual must exhibit at least five out of the following eight criteria: (1) striving to be the center of attention and feeling uneasy when this need is not met; (2) participating in sexually deviant behaviors, particularly with inappropriate targets (e.g., strangers, authority figures); (3) expressing emotions on a range that others may consider superficial or insincere; (4) dressing in physically inviting or provocative ways for attention; (5) using language that is oblique, ...

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