Personal Narrative: My Histrionic Personality Disorder

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Living with someone who suffers from a personality disorder can be exhausting, humiliating, and an isolating experience. Especially when that person is the one who is responsible for raising you. My mother has Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) or, more commonly known as the “drama queen disorder”. Individuals with HPD are known to exhibit excessive emotionalism and feel unappreciated when they are not the absolute center of attention. People with this disorder seek constant validation because they have very low self-esteem. This means that anything they hear about themselves, whether it be negative or positive, is a source of narcissistic supply. Other behaviors include sexual seductiveness in inappropriate situations, such as in their…show more content…
In fact, she has been remarried three times in the past five years. This affected my life in a huge way. Everytime my mom remarried, we moved into a new house. It was very challenging to constantly have to make new friends and keep up with curriculum at each of the schools that I attended. This mental disorder, untreated, only gets more intense as you grow older. My mother’s HPD has obviously put a strain on our relationship over the years. She would abuse me verbally, emotionally and physically for no apparent reason. My mom constantly demanded from me and when I could not meet up with her requests, she would threaten suicide. As drastic as that might sound, it was a common occurrence in my household. During my sophomore year of high school, my father recognized the situation that I was living in and demanded full custody. After moving in with my dad, my life was finally peaceful. Recently, I have decided that in order to protect myself from my mother’s behavior, I need to sever all contact with her. It has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. Though she has put me through many horrible experiences, she is still my mother, and I love

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