Histrionic personality disorder is a mental condition in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves.
Causes of histrionic personality disorder are unknown. Genes and early childhood events may be responsible. It is diagnosed more often in women than in men. Doctors believe that more men may have the disorder than are diagnosed.
Histrionic personality disorder usually begins by late teens or early 20s.
People with this disorder are usually able to function at a high level and can be successful socially and at work.