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histrionic

adjective affected, aiming for effect, dramatic, embroidered, exaggerated, exhibitionistic, mannered, melodramatic, orotund, ostentatious, overacted, pretentious, self-conscious, showy, stagy, stilted, striving for effect, theatric, theatrical, unnatural
See also: demonstrative, orotund
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In the short run, the behavior of a histrionic personality disorder may be entertaining or flattering.
For instance, the manual portrays paranoid personality disorder as an ingrained distrust and suspiciousness of others' motives, while the symptoms of histrionic personality disorder include excessive emotional displays and constant attention seeking.
many patients meet the criteria for both avoidant and dependent personality disorders, and many patients with a diagnosis of histrionic personality disorder will also meet the criteria for borderline and narcissistic personality disorders (Widiger, Trull, Hurt, Clarkin & Frances, 1987).
Patients who present with histrionic personality disorder tend to be overly dramatic and "showy" in terms of mannerism and speech (McWilliams, 1994).
Patients at high risk for histrionic personality disorder were also noted to have much higher utilization rates of outpatient services (Figure).