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.
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.
Source for information and table
If you enjoyed this, read:
- Personality Disorders – DSM-5 Resource for Writers
- When Crazy Is Good – 9 Good Reasons For Your Character’s Bad Behaviour
- Mental Illness – Writing Resource
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