Histrionic Personality Disorder in Women

Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a psychiatric condition characterized by highly dramatic and/or emotional attention-seeking conduct that disrupts a person’s ability to participate fully in everyday life. It belongs to a larger group of conditions commonly referred to as Cluster B personality disorders. Women develop histrionic personality disorder roughly four times more frequently than men.…

Avoidant Personality Disorder in Women

Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of excessive shyness, sensitivity, or sense of inadequacy that hinders full involvement in social and/or interpersonal aspects of everyday life. Avoidant personality disorder in women develops at roughly the same rate as men, and it affects people from both genders in essentially…

When Perfectionism Becomes Dysfunctional

The personality disposition called perfectionism comes with pluses and minuses. Coupled with the right combination of other character traits, work habits, and values, it can help in achieving goals. What experts sometimes call “maladaptive” perfectionism, though, can actually hinder accomplishments and working relationships. It can be at this point where perfectionism becomes dysfunctional. How Perfectionism…

The Challenges of Delusional Disorder

Psychiatric disorders can be especially frightening and confusing when they involve a loss of touch with reality. In clinical terms, this is known as psychosis. There are several types of psychotic disorders, with schizophrenia being one of the most common. Individuals with schizophrenia often experience hallucinations (e.g. seeing or hearing things that aren’t there) and…