by Carol W. Berman, M.D.

November 19, 2017

Women have been accused of hysteria, and in my field, “Histrionic Personality Disorder” (HPD) for a long time. The DSM-V (our psychiatric bible) describes HPD as “a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking.” HPD also describes someone who has inappropriate sexually seductive behavior and who considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are. You can imagine how many doctors referred to women as hysterical or as having HPD throughout the years…

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