Well, I have to confess that I’m probably the only one in the UK who hasn’t been keeping up with eagerness the details of the case between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. However, with the forensic pathologist mentioning histrionic personality disorder, I thought I would present the clinical presentation of this disorder.
The DSM present the following criteria for a diagnosis (there are 8 total items, I will list 4):
1. “Has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail”
2. “Displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions”
3. “Is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention”
4. “Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self” (DSM - V, 2013)
As mentioned there are an additional 4 items that the DSM marks as being traits or features of histrionic personality disorder.
The DSM goes on to mention other features that may be indicative:
In the context of relationships, the individual with HPD may seek to control situations via seduction or emotional manipulation but this is counterbalanced by a severe dependency.
APA, 'Histrionic Personality Disorder' (2013) in 'DSM V', American Psychiatric Association