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Diagnostic criteria for 301.50 Histrionic Personality Disorder

These criteria are obsolete.

DSM Criteria
DSM Version
DSM IV - TR
DSM Criteria

A pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 

(1) is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention 

(2) interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior 

(3) displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions 

(4) consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self 

(5) has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail 

(6) shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion 

(7) is suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances 

(8) considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Copyright 2000 American Psychiatric Association

DSM Version
DSM IV
DSM Criteria

A pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following: 

(1) is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention 

(2) interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior 

(3) displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions 

(4) consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self 

(5) has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail 

(6) shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion 

(7) is suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances 

(8) considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association