Well, this will really help things. What an a-hole:http://health.yahoo.net/experts/allinyo ... y-disorder
The trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach accused of sexually abusing young boys, has already taken a surprising turn: Courtroom reports indicate that Sandusky’s defense attorneys may present evidence that he has histrionic personality disorder (HPD).
Public reaction to this news has been a collective “Huh?” HPD isn’t well known outside mental health circles. And even within the field, it’s a controversial diagnosis. In fact, an expert panel has recommended that it be dropped as a specific personality disorder from DSM-5, the forthcoming update of the standard diagnostic guide used by mental health professionals.
Using current diagnostic criteria, it’s estimated that 1 to 3 percent of adults have HPD. These individuals behave in an overly emotional and dramatic way that attracts the attention they desperately crave. Inappropriately seductive behavior is a textbook symptom. Child molestation is not. So it will be interesting to see how the HPD defense, if presented, will play out for Sandusky.