Sheila Stephens

Sheila Stephens
Sheila Stephens

Believably Craft Your Characters—Learn to Write about Childhood Disorders, Cognitive, Anxiety, Eating, and Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders.  Learn what PTSD is and is not, and the new developments on the horizon.

Learn how a narcissist may behave differently than someone with paranoid, schizotypal, dependent, histrionic, antisocial, avoidant, obsessive-compulsive, or borderline personality disorders and how some diagnoses may be shared by the same character.  Learn how personality disorders differ from psychotic disorders.  Discover the age of onset, background and cluster of life events associated with disorders.  Also, discover tools used by forensic psychologists to diagnose, determine future dangerousness, and make recommendations to the courts.  All this, and more, will help you create consistent behaviors in your characters.

Everyone has flaws, and even your main characters may have issues that fall within some of the personality disorders to be discussed here. Learn to characterize them believably! Handouts available from my website.

Sheila L. Stephens

Retired Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent
Author: The Everything Private Investigation Book
Private Investigator: www.SaferSecurityInc.com
slstephens@mindspring.com

Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice, Jefferson State College
Professor Facilitator, Masters in Criminal Justice Online Program, Boston University
Forensic Psychology PhD Candidate