Sandusky Defense Looks to Histrionic Disorder

by Blog Burger on June 16, 2012

Zuma Press

This week, the defense for the former Penn State assistant football coach on trial for the alleged sexual abuse of multiple children asked to have a psychiatrist evaluate Jerry Sandusky for histrionic personality disorder, according to news reports.

The personality disorder, as it is currently defined in the psychiatric diagnostic manual known as the DSM, is characterized by a “pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking.”

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