A diagnosis is made via a medical professional’s evaluation, based on specific diagnostic criteria.
For medical professionals to diagnose histrionic personality disorder, individuals must persistently exaggerate their emotions and seek attention, as shown by at least five of the following:
- They feel uncomfortable when they are not the centre of attention.
- They interact with others in inappropriately sexually seductive or provocative ways.
- Their emotions shift rapidly, making them seem shallow.
- They consistently use their physical appearance to call attention to themselves.
- Their speech is extremely vague, lacking detail.
- They express their emotions in a dramatic, theatrical, and extravagant way.
- They are easily influenced by others or situations.
- They view relationships as more intimate than the relationships are.
Also, symptoms must have begun by early adulthood.