Published On: August 29, 2022
Reviewed On: August 29, 2022
Updated On: July 5, 2023
It’s estimated that about 1.8% of the population might be living with histrionic personality disorder (HPD). HPD causes volatile emotions and people with it often feel consumed by an overwhelming and intense need for attention from others. This can cause them to act out or engage in inappropriate behaviors, just so people will notice them.
If your loved one is living with HPD, you’re probably wondering how to help. While HPD can’t be cured, treating histrionic personality disorder can be very effective. It can help you learn to manage and improve symptoms and enhance relationships. In short, effectively treating HPD can drastically change your life for the better.
What types of treatment for histrionic personality disorder are common?
For people with HPD, the desire to be noticed by others can be all-consuming. Histrionic personality disorder treatment focuses on managing symptoms and improving self-esteem so you can change how you interact with others. Whichever treatment option you choose, it can take time to reap the benefits, but ultimately can offer very positive outcomes.
Often referred to as talk therapy, the term psychotherapy includes a number of therapeutic treatments designed to help you identify harmful or negative behaviors and thought processes. Armed with this insight, you can begin to work on changing. There are many types of therapy that can potentially be used in treating histrionic personality disorder.
While no one knows exactly what causes histrionic personality disorder, studies show a link between the condition and early childhood trauma. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to work through past trauma and identify potential causes that result in an intense need for attention.
As people with HPD gain a better understanding of why they behave the way they do, they can learn to change, ultimately developing effective coping mechanisms and building healthier relationships. Therapy provides you with the tools you need to manage symptoms and address destructive behaviors.
Many people with histrionic personality disorder (HPD) don’t see an issue with their behavior, which can make treatment difficult. Histrionic personality disorder treatment is more likely to be successful when people find the right form of therapy.
Types of psychotherapy that may help people with HPD include:
“Histrionic personality disorder is often treated through therapy, specifically talk therapy. Different types of therapy can be used to help individuals diagnosed with HPD manage their symptoms. Many involve gaining insight to an individual’s behavior and working on proper reactions and coping mechanisms to help manage the symptoms.”
Although there aren’t any medications designed or approved specifically to treat HPD, doctors may still prescribe it as part of histrionic personality disorder treatment. In many cases, medication is used to treat mental health conditions that coexist with HPD.
It’s common for people with HPD to also have other mental health conditions, some of which can interfere with treatment. Not only does HPD greatly increase the risk for depression, but there’s also an increased risk for panic attacks, conversion disorders, and somatization disorders.
Through medication, people with HPD and other mental health conditions might be able to manage symptoms like depression and anxiety. Once these symptoms are under control, it can be easier to focus on HPD treatment, allowing for more progress.
Since medication isn’t used to directly treat HPD, the types prescribed to people with HPD can vary. Medications that may be effective include:
“There’s no set medication for treating personality disorders. However, it’s common for individuals diagnosed with personality disorders to have co-occurring diagnoses, such as anxiety or depression. Treatment for the co-occurring diagnoses is more common.”
While therapy is the foundation of HPD treatment, practicing self care can help you get more out of sessions and improve your overall well-being. Self care can aid in symptom management and enhance your health at the same time. Types of self care that can be beneficial for people with HPD include:
“With any mental health diagnosis, it’s important that the ‘trifecta’ of well-being is in balance (sleep, exercise, and diet). When stressors are introduced into our lives, one or more of the areas are affected and destabilizes our ability to cope successfully. Coupling the ‘trifecta’ with boundary building and mindfulness will help in making sure symptoms are manageable.”
Even though there’s not a cure for histrionic personality disorder, it’s still possible to lead a fulfilling life. By seeking treatment, you can learn more about the condition and find ways to manage symptoms.
Histrionic personality disorder treatment can make you less dependent on a need for approval from others. Therapy can help you build self-esteem and learn to regulate your emotions. While HPD symptoms can interfere with your day-to-day life, you can regain control by seeking a diagnosis and treatment.
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Minkyung Chung has over 10 years of experience and specializes in multicultural issues, specifically issues unique to the Asian American population. She enjoys working within the Asian American community to help reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health services and normalize the process of it. Her passion for this topic has led her to focus her research efforts in examining how to help the Asian American community.