History | Epidemiology | Clinical Features | Differential Diagnosis | Etiology | Treatment
An early conceptualization of histrionic personality disorder can
be found in accounts of hysteria written by Pierre Janet and Sigmund
Freud. Janet was impressed with the role of actual seduction (or
other trauma) in childhood, whereas Freud focused on the unconscious
elaboration of the child's sexual drive (i.e., libido).
Subsequent psychoanalytic observers noted that hysterical symptoms
were often associated with a particular set of character traits,
which led to the designation of a hysterical type of personality
disorder in DSM-II.