What if you have both?
Some individuals have such strong personalities and attract so much attention that they tend to confuse all those around them. Such is the case of individuals with borderline personality disorder and those with a histrionic personality disorder. Both mental disorders express diverse psychological and emotional imbalances that are worth differentiating to better understand them. In this way, a better coexistence with them can be achieved.
The following are the characteristics of both mental disorders.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental disorder that affects the individual’s perception of self and others. This disorder generates that the individual has problems with his self-image, his environment, construction of unstable relationships, and behavioral issues. This mental condition begins in childhood but the individual can improve significantly with proper treatment.
The following symptoms reveal Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Intense fear of abandonment, taking extreme measures to avoid it.
- The individual perceives him/herself as bad and sometimes even feels that he/she does not exist.
- Loss of contact with reality, a feeling that lasts a few hours.
- Risky behavior that threatens oneself and others. For example, gambling, overeating, drug use, and unprotected sex.
- Suicidal behavior
- Intense and uncontrollable anger.
- Sudden changes in identity, including changes in goals.
- Extreme mood swings.
- Feeling of inner emptiness.
Histrionic Personality Disorder
Individuals suffering from Histrionic Personality Disorder manifest an extreme need for attention. They seek attention and are capable of anything to get it. They feel terrible if they don’t get attention and express their emotions in an inordinately dramatic way. They use their physical appearance to seduce others provocatively and inappropriately, often generating rejection in others.
Here are the symptoms that reveal a Histrionic Personality Disorder.
- Need to be the center of attention. If they do not get it, they get depressed and feel that they are suitable for nothing.
- They worry exaggeratedly about their physical appearance since they intensely want others to like them, whether they are men or women.
- They behave in a submissive way to get other people’s attention.
- Their emotions are too intense.
- They feel horrible when they are criticized.
- They are influenced by fashion, trends, and what others say.
- They have low self-esteem.
- They feel deeply insecure about their abilities.
- They exaggeratedly communicate with others.
- Sudden emotional changes.
The difference between borderline personalities and histrionic personalities
The first difference between individuals with Histrionic Personality Disorder and those with Borderline Personality Disorder is that the former have an extreme need to be the center of attention. In contrast, those with Borderline Personality Disorder are not at all interested in the attention of others. Those with histrionic personality disorder overreact to external stimuli, while those with borderline personality overreact to internal stimuli such as memories and thoughts. In histrionics, emotions are dramatically expressed, and there may be sudden changes, while, there is more inhibition of emotions in borderline.
In histrionics, there is much importance in the aesthetic appearance, while in borderline, it is irrelevant, even they tend to prefer to hide their physique.