Personality Disorders - A Writer's Resource

Personality Disorders – A Writer’s Resource

Use this post from Writers Write, your one-stop writing resource, to explore personality disorders.

Are you thinking about creating a character with a personality disorder?

If you know the basics of personality disorders, you can create more interesting characters for your stories.

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We hope this table, with references from The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, helps you.

The DSM requires that symptoms of personality disorders are:

  1. Consistent in all situations
  2. Not caused by the person’s situation or age
  3. Not caused by drugs or alcohol or a physical disease

Writers need to know about personality disorders if they are going to write about them. These are only brief definitions of patterns of behaviour. Do lots of research before you give a major character one of these disorders.

Before you call a type of behaviour a disorder, it should cause enduring patterns that deviate from the expectations of society. These are some of the symptoms of a disorder.


Types Of Personality Disorders

Source for information/ Source for Table

If you enjoyed this, read:

  1. When Crazy Is Good – 9 Good Reasons For Your Character’s Bad Behaviour
  2. Mental Illness – Writing Resource
  3. Shades of Emotion
  4. Writing About Characters With Phobias
  5. The 9 Types of Unreliable Narrator

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Posted on: 2nd December 2013

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