How is histrionic personality disorder diagnosed?

If symptoms are present, the doctor will begin an evaluation by performing a complete medical history and physical examination. Although there are no laboratory tests to specifically diagnose personality disorders, the doctor might use various diagnostic tests to rule out physical illness as the cause of the symptoms.

If the doctor finds no physical reason for the symptoms, he or she might refer the person to a psychiatrist or psychologist, healthcare professionals who are specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Psychiatrists and psychologists use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate a person for a personality disorder.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/23/2018.

References

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  • Young JQ. Chapter 26. Personality Disorders. In: Feldman MD, Christensen JF. eds. Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice, 3e. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2008.

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