case studies

  1. Sarah constantly accuses her boyfriend, Rick, of cheating on her, although he has never done this in the past and shows no signs of it. At work, Sarah is fairly certain that all of her coworkers are conspiring to get her fired, mostly because everyone seems “too nice.” Sarah believes that her two roommates are cheating her when it comes to the rent and utilities and rarely trusts anything they say.
  2. Paranoid Personality Disorder
    Cluster A
  3. Bob lives alone, has no close friends and prefers it that way. If his family comes to visit, Bob never starts conversations and seems to dislike it when they try talking to him. Bob attends a local community college and sits by himself in every one of his classes. His classmates rarely try to talk to him, because when they do, they are met with blank stares or a flat rejection.
    • Schizoid Personality Disorder
    • Cluster A
  4. Tracy is a 20 year old woman who hardly ever leaves her house except to go to work. She spends most of her time attempting to communicate telepathically with the president of the United States. Tracy has worked for the past several months at a grocery store, but is having trouble with the managers because of her belief that she has the power to stock the shelves without actually touching any of the items. In addition, she often doesn’t maintain a professional appearance, leaving the house with her hair disheveled and unwashed.
    • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
    • Cluster A
  5. Justin is a 15 year old boy who is having immense trouble getting along with his parents. They are extremely angry with him, because he constantly runs away and is always in trouble with the police. Justin is also in trouble with his high school. The school is holding Justin responsible for a number of bullying and stealing issues. When asked why he behaves in such a way, he very calmly explains that he “just wanted to” and that he doesn’t feel badly about it.
    • Antisocial Personality Disorder
    • Cluster B
  6. Stephanie is a young girl who just graduated from high school. As soon as she turned 18, she immediately moved out of the house, telling her parents that she hated them. The next day, she came back telling them that they meant the world to her and that she wanted to move back. From one day to the next, Stephanie’s friends never know whether she will be angry or sweet to them, but they continue to be friends because Stephanie constantly threatens suicide if they don’t hang around her any more.
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Cluster B
  7. Ashley is a young college student who dyes her hair a different primary color almost weekly and often wears extremely bright, flashy clothing with a lot of cleavage exposure. She spends much of her free time going to parties where she pouts dramatically if people don’t notice her. During the election, Ashley would always spout off very strong opinions about the candidates, but when people would debate with her, she didn't seem to have based her opinions on anything.
    • Histrionic Personality Disorder
    • Cluster B
  8. Laura is a 40 year old woman who has been through five different marriages and five times that many relationships. She is always extremely charming until something unpleasant comes up, such as lack of money, or until her partner no longer admires her like she thinks they should. Although Laura is very attractive, all of her friends are less so, and Laura’s self-esteem is greatly dependent on them. At work, if she is criticized by a coworker, she does anything she can do get that person fired.
    • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    • Cluster B
  9. Ryan is a 25 year old man who hardly ever leaves his house. He is still supported by his parents and refuses to find a job, because he is so scared that he won’t interview well. When Ryan needs to go into public to buy groceries, he sweats profusely. Ryan avoids relationships in general, and he even avoids his parents because he doesn’t want to be criticized by them. He has a lot of free time and enjoys gardening.
    • Avoidant Personality Disorder
    • Cluster C
  10. Mindie is a young woman in her twenties who has been dating the same dead-beat guy for five years. He is both physically and verbally abusive, but Mindie is convinced that she can’t live without him and his advice. Mindie’s family tries to get her to support herself, but Mindie’s self-confidence is so low that she doesn’t believe she can do it. Mindie's mom always has to clean out her mailbox or her e-mail gets clogged from all the e-mails Mindie sends her when her boyfriend is working.
    • Dependent Personality Disorder
    • Cluster C
  11. Josh is a freshman in high school who is failing the majority of his classes. He is very smart and his work tends to be excellent when he turns it in, but he spends so much time on one assignment at any given time, that he doesn’t have time for the rest. Josh’s closet is color-coded and every section has labels. If his Mom hangs clothes in the wrong place, he cannot relax until he reorganizes them.
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
    • Cluster C
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