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histrionic personality disorder



  1. an enduring and pervasive pattern of behavior in adulthood characterized by excessive, dramatic, and shallow emotionality; attention-seeking; and demands for approval and reassurance, beginning in early childhood and present in a variety of contexts.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

Synonym(s): hysteric personality disorder

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