Histrionic personality disorder can often lead to rash behavior like substance abuse. When a child with HPD starts experimenting with drugs and alcohol, it can exacerbate their mental health symptoms. Trying to intervene with their drug use will only be met with worse drama or reaction. Like trying to feed a lion who doesn’t want to be fed, we become afraid of approaching our children. We’re terrified of what might happen if we don’t.
|“When she (Christy) doesn’t receive the attention she craves, she can quickly lose her charming style and become angry, pouty, rude, or condescending.”|
From Christy’s outward appearance, she could pass as a fashion model, actress, or TV talk show host. She is attractive, gregarious, energetic, and has a dramatic flair that often makes her the life of the party. She is acutely attuned to her surroundings, an astute judge of the likes and dislikes of others, and a ready resource for the latest fashion trends. But that is only one side of the story.
While it is true that the younger the child is the more difficult, if enough information is gathered a diagnosis can be done fairly accurately. It is also true that the younger a child is, the more a clinician needs to be careful and use due diligence. This is a result of the many variables present with younger children, such as their immaturity, the possibility of family dynamics, and the child limitations as a reliable historian. Young children can give many verbal cues and therefore the cues have to be more behavioral in nature. Continue reading “Parenting a Child with Possible Histrionic Disorder”
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The frontal lobes are located behind the front of the forehead. The frontal lobes include sophisticated processes that help us control our impulses and make decisions or plan. It includes higher-order processes which include thinking and weighing pros and cons of a behavior. It is also the “seat” of our personality. When neo-cortical functioning is defective or limited, you are likely to observe impulsive, immature, and uncontrolled thinking processes. Kids with ADHD struggling with controlling their impulses and paying attention for long periods of time. Trauma victims also struggle with these things and are likely to be diagnosed with ADHD or ADD at some point. Teens who display oppositional behaviors and conduct disorder are behaving as they are because of limitations of this part of the brain. In fact, the brain does not fully develop until around age 24. Until then, behaviors are likely to be uncontrolled, impulsive, or poor in some individuals. Trauma, abuse, neglect, etc can all add to the chaos.