Dating a histrionic
BPD is also known as an emotionally unstable personality disorder, and there are four types: Discouraged (co-dependent clingy), Histrionic (impulsive, overly dramatic, attention-seeking), Petulant (angry, childish, pessimistic), and Self-Destructive (deeply troubled with self-hatred).BPD is refractory to treatment, being that it is a personality disorder induced by emotional trauma, which cannot be treated chemically.Low or moderate ratings mean that you are unlikely to have the disorder.High or very high means you are more likely to have the disorder. That's what most people think of when they hear the word "histrionic." In fact, that's exactly what it means with respect to personality.Histrionic Personality is the term used to describe a person who engages in drama as the primary way of defending against the vulnerabilities they fear most.He would later find out that this succubus had undiagnosed borderline personality disorder, which explained the acid she spewed on his life. Six months into our friendship, I was diagnosed with borderline.
Now, I’m not necessarily a fan of needlessly labeling people with personality disorders, and I do think psychiatrists tend to diagnose people with personality disorders just because they’re difficult to deal with.
At the same time, though, having a framework can help you understand people who have semi-pathological traits and characteristics and can actually make it more tolerable to cope with these people. The diagnostic bible of psychiatry is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is constantly being updated and revised.
For example, say your boss is a real jerk who’s always giving you a hard time, and all you can think is “Hey, this guy’s a jerk.” But if you understand he has traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, you start to see certain small interactions with him as part of a larger pattern of psychopathology, which can help you realize not to take stuff he says or does so personally, because he has a different way of interacting with the world than you. We are currently on version IV (so DSM-IV), although version V is in the works and supposedly will reframe how we diagnose personality disorders.
The histrionic is overly dramatic (extreme drama queen), lively, seductive, and always calling attention to themselves.
They quickly become bored with normal routines and display irrational outbursts or temper tantrums.