At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide residential treatment for all teen personality disorders, including teen histrionic personality disorder treatment. This personality disorder is characterized by teens that have an overwhelming need to attract others’ attention, in order to feel good about themselves. In order to garner this attention, teens will go to extreme lengths of behaviors and dress, which can eventually lead to unhealthy disruptions in teens’ lives.
Teen Histrionic Personality Disorder Symptoms
For teens with histrionic personality disorder, they experience an overwhelming need to constantly gain attention to others. This need can manifest itself in different ways, depending on the individual, but often will include the following:
- insecure and emotional about their appearance
- insincere behavior toward others
- obsessed with their own self-image
- irritation when not given attention by others
- inability to remain in situations where they’re not getting attention
- extreme mood swings
- tendency to go to extreme lengths to gain attention and/or praise from other people
This kind of motivation can lead to obvious tensions and problems within teens’ relationships, as well as their daily functioning.
Within this context, one of the reason histrionic personality disorder can be so problematic in teens is adolescence is a time when teens are discovering and creating their identities. Therefore, if teens are obsessed with gaining the attention and praise of other people, they will be less in touch with their own thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. This can lead to increasing low feelings of self-worth and contribute to teens feeling lost, overall.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Histrionic Personality Disorder Treatment
In cases of teen histrionic personality disorder, it’s imperative to address the mental and emotional aspects of teens’ lives, in addition to the current problematic behaviors. To this end, our therapists work with teens during teen histrionic personality disorder treatment to evaluate not just how their current need for attention is affecting their lives, but also to uncover underlying emotional and mental stressors, which are present. Through individual and group therapy sessions, therapists help teens to identify what kinds of false belief systems and thought patterns may be contributing to their low sense of self-worth as well as teens’ overall stress. Furthermore, we also provide an array of supplemental support programs, which aim to support teens with all of their needs and goals in relationships, at school, and with other responsibilities. By addressing teens’ current experiences in this holistic way, we’re better able to support teens to identify and make changes to their behaviors and lifestyles which will contribute toward their continued healing, growth, and overall well-being.