Re: Histrionic Personality Disorder
Hi there, for one the histrionic personality disorder is really interesting.
I have a degree in mental health and out of all the research done histrionics can be the most fun to work with! So look on the bright side...the disorder is not all bad...because histrionics are usually fun, hyper, and very social people.
Focus on improving empathy and honesty. Empathy and sensitivity for yourself and others is very important. Do research into empathy and active listening. Decrease your anxiety by exercising, eating your favorite food, swimming, resting, dancing etc. Being sensitive to other people's feelings and opinions is so important and it is important to open an honest discussion with people you care about or people that might want to know or befriend you. It is important to keep certain unchanging people at an arms length, for example those people who are really skilled at creating chaos and conflict in your life and there has been a history of chaos, drama, addiction with them etc. Block those people out of your life or keep them at an arms length if they wish to not change their ways.
Histrionics tend to base their decisions only on intuition or a gut feeling, instead of doing just that think your thoughts through and then combine that with your gut feeling and look into or somewhat analyze the situation more before making decisions. Such as before I panic over having a disorder and feeling super guilty I will look more into it and hope that I will find something positive and helpful out of it.
Do research into it and any other traits you think are causing problems in your life. And ask questions like "Do you think you are addicted to drama and must have drama in your life for it to be fun"? If so what other safe and respectable things can you do during the week to prevent yourself from creating havoc and drama with innocent people or within yourself?
Counselors and therapists can help but call around first and find a therapist who specializes in personality disorders, not depression, not anxiety, not trauma, but personality disorders.
Cognitive, behavior, and emotion focused therapies imo are awesome. Also Adlerian counseling is great too!
Counselors and therapists should be licensed by the state. Counselors on occasion have acted out unethically and will do so in subtle ways such as refusing to use psychological techniques to help you improve your life, showing up late to sessions, ending sessions late or too early, being forgetful, snide, arrogant, changing the topic of conversation just to have control over you, being sarcastic, and not having empathy for your feelings or situation are all bad signs and you will need to either work it out with the counselor or probably the best way to go is to leave and find another counselor. So be cautious.
Good luck and ask me any questions.
Last edited by strongernow; 07-16-2007 at 01:10 PM.